Professor Patrick Keyzer

Thomas More Law School

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Phone: +613 9953 3801

Organisational Area: Faculty of Law and Business

Department: Thomas More Law School VIC

Location: Melbourne

Patrick Keyzer (pronounced Kay-Zer) has thirty years of experience as an academic and practising lawyer, focusing on human rights, public law, access to justice and criminal justice. At present Keyzer is working on a project investigating the use of restorative justice principles to mitigate climate change harms in Indonesia, and on a book reflecting on Australia's record of non-compliance with decisions of the United Nations Human Rights Committee.


His publications include the following books: Principles of Australian Constitutional Law (Butterworths, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2017); The Courts and the Media (Halstead Press, 1999); The Brennan Legacy (with Robyn Creyke) (Federation Press, 2002); Community Engagement in Contemporary Legal Education: Pro Bono, Clinical Legal Education and Service Learning (Halstead Press, 2009) (with Amy Kenworthy and Gail Wilson); Sex Offenders and Preventive Detention: Law, Policy and Practice (Federation Press, 2009) (with Bernadette McSherry); Open Constitutional Courts (Federation Press, 2010); Australian Constitutional Law: Materials and Commentary (with James Jennifer Clarke and James Stellios (Lexis Nexis, 2013); Dangerous People: Policy, Prediction and Practice (Routledge, New York (with Bernadette McSherry); Preventive Detention: Asking The Fundamental Questions (Intersentia, 2013); Public Sentinels: A Comparative Study of Australian Solicitors-General (Ashgate, 2014) (with Gabrielle Appleby and John Williams); Access to International Justice (Routledge, 2015) (with Charles Sampford and Vesselin Popovski).

Research Experience

His recent research has explored the role of amici curiae in advancing human rights issues in constitutional courts, security issues relating to electronic elections, using social media to recruit research participants, and using nominal group technique and concept mapping in qualitative research.

Professional experience

Professor Keyzer has received a number of awards for his teaching at various tertiary educational institutions, including a University Teaching Award at UTS in 2004.

Professor Keyzer is a member of the Board of the Community Broadcasting Foundation and the MJD Foundation.

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