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Professor Patrick Keyzer Research Professor,Law and Public Policy, Law School Operations

Professor Patrick Keyzer is La Trobe Law School's Research Chair of Law and Public Policy.

Patrick was admitted to practice law in New South Wales in 1993 and served as executive associate to the Chief Justice of Australia, Sir Gerard Brennan, from November 1996 to May 1998. Called to the Sydney Bar in 1999, Patrick has appeared as counsel in a number of cases in the High Court of Australia, the Courts of Appeal of New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and Vanuatu. He regularly provides expert opinions in administrative law, constitutional law, industrial law and media law matters. His work has been cited in the High Court. He has successfully represented clients in communications to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

In 2010 he was shortlisted for an Australian Human Rights Award for his extensive pro bono work on behalf of people with disability, indigenous people, and prisoners.

Patrick has taught across a range of law subjects, in Australia, China, Indonesia, Thailand and the United States. He has won five teaching awards. In 2015 he was President of the Australasian Law Teachers Association (now the Australian Law Academics Association). In 2016 he was admitted as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

Professor Keyzer was the Head (Dean) of the La Trobe Law School from April 2014 to June 2019. Under Patrick's leadership the School designed and launched a new Juris Doctor degree, a new Bachelor of Criminology degree, and several new specialist masters degrees. The School developed distinctive research strengths in LawTech, Health Law and International Law, and the School's significant advances in research performance resulted in it being ranked ERA 4 ("above world class") for the first time in its history. The Law School also significantly expanded its clinical legal education program during this period, and Patrick led the development of its multi-award winning partnership with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Patrick is currently working on a series of radio programmes with Jane Lee telling the stories behind significant constitutional decisions of the High Court of Australia. Part of ABC Radio National's "History Listen" Programme, the episodes will be broadcast late in 2019. Patrick has also recently completed a history of disability services in New South Wales with historian Matthew Richardson. He is currently reviving projects that were delayed or shelved while he led the Law School. He will hold a research only position until the end of 2021.

Patrick has recently joined the MJD Foundation (www.mjd.org.au) as a board member. For some years he has a "door tenancy" as a barrister at Four Selborne Chambers in Sydney, and has been admitted to practice in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and Victoria.


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