Luke Beck

Assoc Professor

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20082019
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Biography

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 Society of New South Wales Specialist Accreditation Public Law Advisory Committee

Member, Law and Religion Scholars Network

Research area keywords

  • Constitutional Law
  • Law and Religion
  • Constitutional History

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Projects 2018 2019

Research Output 2008 2019

Constitutional Law

Castan, M. & Beck, L., 2019, Mastering Law Studies and Law Exam Techniques. Krever, R. (ed.). 10th ed. Sydney NSW Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths, p. 200-214 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review

Religious Freedom and the Australian Constitution: Origins and Future

Beck, L., 2018, 1st ed. Abingdon UK: Routledge. 178 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

The constitutional prohibition on imposing religious observances

Beck, L., Jun 2018, In : Melbourne University Law Review. 41, 2, p. 493-529 37 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The theological underpinnings of Australia’s constitutional separation of church and state provision

Beck, L., 1 Mar 2018, In : Australian Journal of Politics and History. 64, 1, p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A question of characterisation: can the Commonwealth facilitate the imposition of religious observances?

Beck, L., 2017, In : Monash University Law Review. 43, 3, p. 828-844 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Activities 2013 2019

  • 32 Submissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries
  • 1 Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, Inquiry into and report on all aspects of the conduct of the 2019 Federal Election and matters related thereto

Luke Beck (Fellow)
19 Sep 2019

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Submission to the Victorian Legislative Council Procedure Committee, Inquiry into the practice of opening sittings of the Legislative Council with the Lord’s Prayer

Luke Beck (Fellow)
29 Mar 2019

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Submission to the Senate Select Committee into the Political Influence of Donations, Inquiry into the Political Influence of Donations – Regulation of third party campaigners

Luke Beck (Fellow)
12 Apr 2018

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Submission to the New South Wales Department of Justice into the Royal Prerogative of Mercy Review

Luke Beck (Fellow)
Jan 2018

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

Appearance at Inquiry, Religious Freedom Review

Luke Beck (Fellow)
13 Feb 2018

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries