David Weisbrot is an Emeritus Professor of Law and Honorary Professorial Fellow in Medicine at the University of Sydney.
He is currently a part-time Member of the New South Wales Law Reform Commission; Vice-President and Director of the Australian Academy of Law; a Member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Garvan Institute‘s Centre for Clinical Genomics (CCG), in Sydney; a Director of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre; an Executive Consultant to Charles Sturt University; and a member of the Advisory Councils of Voiceless: the Animal Protection Institute and the National Pro Bono Resources Centre.
From 1999-2009, David was President of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC)—the longest serving President in the ALRC’s history—and presided over 15 major national inquiries, including those on: the protection of human genetic information; the handling of classified and security sensitive information; gene patenting and human health; sedition laws; federal secrecy laws; Australian privacy law and practice the federal civil justice system; the judicial power of the Commonwealth; marine insurance; uniform evidence laws; civil and administrative penalties; sentencing federal offenders; and Royal Commissions of inquiry. In 2001, David also chaired the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s National Pro Bono Task Force.
David was a foundation Member of the Human Genetics Advisory Committee of the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC), serving from 2006-2012, and in 2010 received the NHMRC’s biennial award for “The Most Outstanding Contribution to Health and Medical Research“.
David is a Foundation Fellow and Vice-President of the Australian Academy of Law (FAAL), an elected Member of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO), and an Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law. David was previously a member of the Law Reform Commission of Fiji and a consultant to the Papua New Guinea Law Reform Commission, and he has served as a legal consultant to several Pacific Islands and African governments and agencies.
David was President or Vice President of the Commonwealth Association of Law Reform Agencies (CALRAs) from 2003-09. He was formerly Dean of Law and then Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Humanities and Social Sciences (1994-99) at the University of Sydney, responsible for the Faculties of Arts, Law, Education, Business, Fine Arts and the Conservatorium of Music. He also served as a full-time Commissioner of the NSW Law Reform Commission, and a member of the law schools of the University of New South Wales (1979–90) and the University of Papua New Guinea (1976-79), serving as Dean in 1978-79.
Professor Weisbrot has written or edited nine books, including So You Want to be a Lawyer? (ACER Press, August 2013); The Promise of Law Reform; Australian Lawyers; Criminal Laws; Law and Social Change in Papua New Guinea; Criminal Law and Practice of Papua New Guinea; and well over 200 official reports, journal articles and conference papers.
David was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government in 2003 for ‘services to law reform’, and in 2006 was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for ‘service to the law in the areas of law reform, education and access to legal services, and through contributions to research, analysis and policy development on a range of matters of public interest’. .
David holds a BA (Hons 1) degree in Political Science and Communications from Queens College of the City University of New York, and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is admitted to practice law in California and in New South Wales.
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