Patrick Parkinson is a Professor at the TC Beirne School of Law. Prof. Parkinson was Dean of Law at the TC Beirne School of Law in from 2018 to2021. He is a specialist in family law, child protection, law and religion, and the law of equity and trusts. His books include Australian Family Law in Context, Tradition and Change in Australian Law, Family Law and the Indissolubility of Parenthood, The Voice of a Child in Family Law Disputes (with Judy Cashmore), Child Sexual Abuse and the Churches, and Principles of Equity.
Prof. Parkinson served as Chairperson of the Family Law Council, an advisory body to the federal Attorney-General, and also chaired a review of the Child Support Scheme in 2004-05 which led to the enactment of major changes to the Child Support Scheme. He was President of the International Society of Family Law.
Parkinson is also well-known for his community work concerning child protection. He has been a member of the NSW Child Protection Council and was Chairperson of a major review of the state law concerning child protection which led to the enactment of the Children and Young Persons Act 1998. He also works with churches on child protection and religious freedom issues.