Ba (Hons) (USyd)
LLB (Hons) (USyd)
LLB (Hons) (UTS)
Professor Patrick Keyzer is the Head (Dean) of La Trobe Law School, and Chair of Law and Public Policy at La Trobe University.
After completing a BA (Hons) majoring in Government, and an LLB (Hons) at the University of Sydney, Professor Keyzer worked as solicitor at a private law firm and then as a consultant for a State government department before taking up a lecturing position in law. From late-1996 to mid-1998 he served as Executive Associate to Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE, the Chief Justice of Australia. Called to the Bar in 1999, Dr Keyzer has principally participated in appeals in public law matters (administrative law and constitutional law), but he has also undertaken some civil trial work.
Professor Keyzer’s legal practice is principally advisory in nature, but he has appeared in a number of significant matters, including Cunneen v Independent Commission Against Corruption  HCA 14 (co-writing the successful appeal submissions); Hunter v Australian Football League and Essendon Football Club  VSC 666 (ultimately settled); Australian Native Landscapes Ltd v McDonald  NSWCA 395; Queanbeyan City Council v Australian Capital Territory (2011) 244 CLR 530; Chevalley v Industrial Court of NSW  NSWCA 357; Fardon v Australia No 1629/2007 (UN Human Rights Committee, 2010); Tillman v Australia No 1635/2007 (UN Human Rights Committee, 2010); Fardon v Attorney-General (Queensland) (2004) 223 CLR 575; North Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service v Bradley (2004) 218 CLR 146; Sope Maautamate v Speaker of Parliament  VUCA 5 (Vanuatu Court of Appeal); Attorney-General (Qld) v Nash (2003) QSC 377; O’Brien v Northern Territory (2003) 173 FLR 455 and Application under the Status of Children Act  NTCA 3.
Professor Keyzer completed his PhD in 2008, has written or co-written seven books, edited or co-edited 21 books, and conducted research funded by the Australian Research Council and the Criminology Research Council. He was President of the Australasian Law Teachers Association (2015-2016), and formerly Director of the Centre for Law, Governance and Public Policy (2008 – April 2014).