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Dr Patrick Quirk Name: Dr Patrick Quirk
Associate Professor
+613 9953 3774
Organisational Area
Faculty of Law and Business
Thomas More Law School VIC
Building 466 - St. Patrick's Centre (486 Albert Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002)-Level 7-Room 466.7.14
Biographical Information

Dr Quirk is Associate Professor at Australian Catholic University Melbourne Campus. He holds degrees in law and arts from the University of Queensland, as well as a Master of Civil Laws (Magister Legum) from the University of Tübingen, Germany, which he completed by coursework and thesis (in German). He took his Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide, with additional supervision from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Patrick's thesis on "Pathways for Conscience Protection in Law: German, American and Australian Perspectives" was awarded a Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence.

Following graduation, Patrick was admitted to the Queensland Bar and later practised as a solicitor at a large firm in Sydney, NSW. Patrick has also taught at Bond University Law School, Ave Maria School of Law and the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C. He teaches and writes on various commercial and civil law areas, including the U.S. Uniform Commercial Code, the law of electronic commerce, and law & religion.

Patrick has given presentations in many countries, including Italy, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Germany, the United States, and Poland, as part of CUA's summer program in Krakow. He has taught the US Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), including Revised Article 9 (Secured Transactions) & Articles 3, 4, 4A (Commercial and Payment Systems), International Business Transactions, US Conflict of Laws, US Securities Regulation, and other courses in US law schools. 

He taught at ACU's Rome campus during July and December 2017. (For introductions to the classics see here and here.)

Patrick is also a scholar-in-residence at St Mary's College at the University of Melbourne and a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars (USA). He is also a member of Working Group 11 (Data Security and Privacy Liability) of The Sedona Conference.


On leave 2020


Since 2010 Patrick has been a referee (peer-reviewer) for Issues in Law & Medicine. This US journal includes original articles, verbatim legal documents, analytical summaries of recent national and international court decisions, abstracts of medical, legal, and ethical journal articles, and announcements of new books. It has been cited in the published opinions of at least fourteen state and federal courts of appeal of the United States, including two United States Supreme Court and seven state supreme court opinions, and cited in more than 1100 law review articles. 


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RECENT ARTICLES: Protecting Religious Freedom and Conscience: What Australia Might Learn from Germany in 43 Fordham Int'l L.J. 163 (2019)

The Undefined Remains Unprotected: Tensions Between Conscience and the Law in Germany by Way of Joseph Isensee in 27 Tul. J. Int & Comp. L. 55 (2018-19).

"Bailey, James P.: Rethinking Poverty: Income, Assets, and the Catholic Social Justice Tradition." The Review of Metaphysics 68.3 (2015): 639+. Academic OneFile. Web. 24 Apr. 2015.

Stop Sliming Your Liquid Assets: Security Over Deposit Accounts - U.S. Perspectives, 35 Adelaide Law Review 129-149 (2014).


Patrick Quirk, Book chapter, Chapter 18 Consumer Law and the Internet (with Professor J. Rothchild, Wayne State University Law School), HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER LAW AND POLICY, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2d, London (2018)

BOOKSQuirk & Forder (eds), ELECTRONIC COMMERCE AND THE LAW, John Wiley & Sons Australia Ltd, Brisbane, 2001, second edition, 2003.


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Patrick writes on various commercial and civil law areas, including the U.S. Uniform Commercial Code, the law of electronic commerce, law & technology, and law & religion.
Patrick is also a member of Working Group 11 (WG 11) of the Sedona Conference (Data Security and Privacy Liability) based in Arizona. The Sedona Conference® (TSC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) research and educational institute dedicated to the advanced study of law and policy in the areas of antitrust law, complex litigation, and intellectual property rights.
He has been recently cited in: 

2017, Sydney Law Review: Brendan Hord, Murphy v Electoral Commissioner: Between Severance and a Hard Place 39 Sydney Law Review 399.

2016, Florida Tax Review18 Fla. Tax Rev. 483, 10591 words, ARTICLE: BIG DATA AND TAX HAVEN SECRECY, By Arthur J. Cockfield (Citing 1999 article Bentley and Quirk - Tax & cyberspace)

2016, Brigham Young University Law Review: Michael Quinlan, ARTICLE: When the State Requires Doctors to Act Against their Conscience: The Religious Freedom Implications of the Referral and the Direction Obligations of Health Practitioners in Victoria and New South Wales, 2016 B.Y.U.L. Rev. 1237 (Citing 1998 article on NT Euthanasia laws)

2013, Virginia Tax Review: Arthur J. Cockfield, THE LIMITS OF THE INTERNATIONAL TAX REGIME AS A COMMITMENT PROJECTOR, 33 Va. Tax Rev. 59 (Summer, 2013)


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