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Professor Patrick Keyzer Head, La Trobe Law School, Law School Operations

Professor Patrick Keyzer, Chair of Law and Public Policy; Head of La Trobe Law School since 2014. During Patrick's first term the School designed and launched a new Juris Doctor degree, a Bachelor of Criminology degree including specialist subjects in Forensics, Border Protection and International Criminal Law, and a Master of Cybersecurity (Law). The School took a new direction in Cyberlaw, Data Protection and Privacy, and created two new research centres, the Centre for Legislation and the Centre for Health Law and Society. The School has significantly expanded its Clinical Legal Education Program, building new teaching and research partnerships with the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (which now has its Secretariat at the Law Trobe Law School), the Collingwood Neighbourhood Justice Centre and Whittlesea Connections.

After completing honours degrees in arts and law at the University of Sydney, Patrick worked as a consultant, solicitor and lecturer before joining the Chief Justice of Australia, Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE, as His Honour's Executive Associate from 1996 to 1998. Joining the Bar in 1999, Patrick has appeared as counsel in a number of High Court constitutional appeals, including North Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service v Bradley, Fardon v Attorney-General (Queensland) and Queanbeyan City Council v Australian Capital Territory. Patrick also co-prepared the successful submissions in Independent Commission Against Corruption v Cunneen, together with David Jackson QC, Arthur Moses SC and Dr Jeffrey Barnes. He has provided expert opinions in numerous matters in the fields of constitutional law, administrative law, in media law and work health and safety matters. His work has been cited in the High Court and 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.

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.

Patrick's scholarship is diverse. He has written or co-written seven books, edited or co-edited 21 books, and written or co-written over fifty refereed journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics. The Endeavour Foundation has recently published the second edition of his co-written guide to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Discover.


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