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Dr Patrick Keyzer is a Professor of Law and Public Policy and Dean of the Thomas More Law School.

Patrick was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1993 and was called to the Bar in 1998. Patrick was Executive Associate to Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE, Chief Justice of Australia from November 1996 to May 1998. Patrick has been a legal academic almost continuously since 1992 and has taught in the law schools at Sydney, UTS, Bond, La Trobe and now ACU. He is interested in access to justice, human rights, the techniques and practices of detention, and risk management in a variety of contexts. He is currently completing his ninth book, a history of disability services in New South Wales. He has written 75 articles and is currently working with a team of researchers at Griffith University and Synapse exploring the disability needs of Indigenous prisoners.

Patrick was shortlisted for an Australian Human Rights Award in 2010.


  • –present
    Research professor, La Trobe University
  • 2021–present
    Dean of Law, Australian Catholic University


  • 2008 
    University of Sydney, PhD (Law)