Patrick is a practising barrister and Dean of the Thomas More Law School and Professor of Law and Public Policy at the Australian Catholic University.
Patrick has almost 30 years’ experience teaching and practising administrative law, constitutional law, intellectual property and media law. His practice includes representing clients in the High Court of Australia and the United Nations Human Rights Commission. In 2010 he was shortlisted for an Australian Human Rights Award in recognition of his pro bono legal work for Aboriginal people, prisoners and people with disability.
He has held a number of leadership roles including as President of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, and the Director of Bond University’s Centre for Law, Governance and Public Policy.He has also published extensively in academic journals, legal imprints and other publications on topics as diverse as Australian constitutional law, preventative detention, the law and the media, and disability services. He is currently a member of the MJD Foundation Board.
More recently, Patrick has been working with Michelle Rayner and Jane Lee from ABC Radio National on a series about famous High Court cases called Section 71.
BA (Hons), LLB (Hons), LLM, PhD (Sydney)
Patrick joined the CBF Board in 2020.