Luke Beck

Assoc Professor

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Luke Beck is an Associate Professor of Constitutional Law.

Associate Professor Beck is a leading scholar in the field of separation of religion and government and religious freedom under the Australian Constitution. The principal focus of his research is on developing a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of section 116 of the Australian Constitution in terms of its history and underlying purposes, its relationship and interaction with broader Australian constitutional culture and how it might be best interpreted and applied. He has also published on various other aspects of constitutional and public law.

Associate Professor Beck's research has had important impacts outside the academy, including in case law and law reform. His research has been cited in a judgment in the High Court of Australia and relied upon in argument in other cases before courts including the High Court and the New South Wales Court of Appeal. His research has also been cited in reports of parliamentary inquiries and law reform commissions in Australia and overseas.

Associate Professor Beck also appears before parliamentary inquiries to provide expert constitutional advice and his advice has led to changes to legislation. He is also a regular media commentator.

Associate Professor Beck is also a member of the Law Society of New South Wales' Specialist Accreditation Public Law Advisory Committee.

Before entering academia, Associate Professor Beck worked in the public service, including in the office of a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, at the Office of the Protective Commissioner and at the NSW Attorney-General's Department.

Research interests

Constitutional law

Law and religion

Constitutional history

External positions

National Council Member, Australian Association of Constitutional Law

Victorian Chapter Convenor, Australian Association of Constitutional Law

Member, International Society of Public Law

Member, Law and Religion Scholars Network

Research area keywords

  • Constitutional Law
  • Law and Religion
  • Constitutional History


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