Luke Beck

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

20082021

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Biography

Luke Beck is an Associate Professor of Constitutional Law. He is also Associate Dean (Education) of the Faculty of Law.

Luke is a leading scholar in the field of separation of religion and government and religious freedom under the Australian Constitution. He has also published on various other aspects of constitutional and public law.

His books include Australian Constitutional Law: Concepts and Cases (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and Religious Freedom and the Australian Constitution: Origins and Future (Routledge, 2018). Luke is one of the most published scholars in leading Australian law journals, being ranked as the most published author in Go8 law journals and the third most published author in ERA A* and A law journals in the period 2010 to 2017, according to a 2020 study published in the UWA Law Review.

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

Luke 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.

Before entering academia, Luke 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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