Professor Frank Brennan SJ AO

Visiting Scholar

Frank Brennan is a Jesuit priest and professor of law at Australian Catholic University. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University College of Law and National Centre for Indigenous Studies. He was the founding director of Uniya, the Australian Jesuit Social Justice Centre and a board member of St Vincents Health Australia. He holds Bachelor and Master degrees in law and a Bachelor degree in divinity.

Frank was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to Aboriginal Australians in 1995, particularly for his work as an advocate in the areas of law, social justice and reconciliation. In 1996 he was jointly awarded (with Pat Dodson) the inaugural Australian Council for Overseas Aid Human Rights Award, and was Rapporteur at the Australian Reconciliation Convention during 1997. The following year he was appointed an Ambassador for Reconciliation by the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and was named a Living National Treasure during his involvement in the Wik debate. In 2002 he was awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal for his work as Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in East Timor.


  • Acting on Conscience: How can we responsibly mix law, religion and politics? (University of Queensland Press, 2007).
  • Tampering with Asylum: A Universal Humanitarian Problem 2nd Ed. (University of Queensland Press, 2007).
  • The Wik Debate: Its Impact on Aborigines, Pastoralists and Miners (University of New South Wales Press, 1998).
  • "Self-Determination: The Limits of Allowing Aboriginal Communities to be a Law Unto Themselves", University of New South Wales Law Journal, Vol. 16 (1993).
  • "Social and Political Influences on Aboriginal Spirituality", The Way Supplement, No 78, (Autumn, 1993).
  • One land, One nation: Mabo – towards 2000 (University of Queensland Press, 1995).
  • "Waiting for the Resolution" Australian Quarterly, Vol. 61 (1989).
  • Too much order with too little law (University of Queensland Press, 1983).
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