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Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Sydney

David Weisbrot AM is currently an Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, an Honorary Professor of Law at the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

David was President of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) from 1999-2009, where he led 15 major national inquiries, including the landmark inquiries into the Protection of Human Genetic Information (Essentially Yours) and Gene Patenting and Human Health (Genes and Ingenuity). David was a two-term Member of the Human Genetics Advisory Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), and in 2010 received the NHMRC’s biennial award for The Most Outstanding Contribution to Health and Medical Research.

David was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 for ‘service to the law, in the areas of law reform, education and access to legal services, and through contributions to research, analysis and policy development on a range of matters of public interest’.


    UCLA, JD
    Queens College, CUNY, BA (Hons I)
    Macquarie University, DLitt (honoris causa)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Academy of Law


Member of the Order of Australia, Centenary Medal