Professor Patrick Parkinson

Professor Patrick Parkinson

Professor at the TC Beirne School of Law, Patrick Parkinson is a specialist in family law, child protection, law and religion, and the law of equity and trusts.

Professor Parkinson served as Chairperson of the Family Law Council, an advisory body to the federal Attorney- General, and chaired a review of the Child Support Scheme in 2004 which resulted in major changes.

President of the International Society of Family Law from 2011 to 2014, Professor Parkinson is well-known for his community work concerning child protection. He served as a member of the NSW Child Protection Council and chaired a major review of the state law concerning child protection, which led to the enactment of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998.

Dean of Law at the TC Beirne School of Law from 2018 to 2021, his books include Australian Family Law in Context, Tradition, and Change in Australian LawFamily Law and the Indissolubility of ParenthoodThe Voice of a Child in Family Law Disputes (with Judy Cashmore), Child Sexual Abuse and the Churches and Principles of Equity (editor, 2nd ed.).

Professor Parkinson also works with churches on child protection and religious freedom issues.