Dr Patrick Graham

Lecturer - School of Law

Patrick Graham

Phone: +61 2 6773 5800

Email: pgraham5@une.edu.au


Patrick was born and grew up in Ireland. He completed his LLB and LLM at the London School of Economics.

After a period spent working at the UK parliament, Patrick then completed his doctorate at Queen Mary, University of London.

His thesis concerned the nature of emergency powers in Britain in the early twentieth century and was examined by Professor David Feldman and Lord Peter Hennessy.

Patrick researches in emergency powers and constitutional law.

He is currently working on projects on the work and theory of AV Dicey on emergency; constitutional interpretation under the Latham High Court of Australia; and on the constitutionally implied freedom of political communication.


LLB (LSE), LLM (LSE), PhD (London)

Teaching Areas

LAW346: Law and Crisis: The use of emergency power

LAW375: Australian Competition and Consumer Law

LAW400: Administrative Law

Primary Research Area/s

Constitutional law; Administrative law; Legal history

Research Interests


  • Studentship in Public Law: Queen Mary, University of London (2011–2014)
  • Research Grant: Minerva Center for the Rule of Law, University of Haifa (2014)

Research interests

  • Constitutional theory
  • Legal history
  • Emergency power and theory


1. ‘Secessionism and Emergency: Introduction’ in R Albert and Y Roznai (eds.) Constitutionalism under Extreme Conditions: Law, Emergency, Exception, (New York: Springer, Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice Series, 2020)

2. Book Review: ‘B Lim, Australia’s Constitution After Whitlam (Cambridge University Press)’ | [2018] Public Law 675–680

3. Book Review: ‘D Markwell, Constitutional Conventions and the Headship of State (Connor Court Press)’ | [2017] Public Law 554–558


Australian Association of Constitutional Law

Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society

Society of Legal Scholars

Community and Advocacy Organisation Collaborations

  • Earle Page College: Senior Common Room
  • Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School: HSC Legal Studies liaison

External Profiles