Mr Luke Beck

BJuris LLB (Hons) (UNSW) LLM (Sydney)
Postgraduate Fellow
Associate, Constitutional Reform Unit

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 8524
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Biographical details

Luke Beck is a Postgraduate Fellow and an Associate of the Constitutional Reform Unit. His PhD research considers section 116 of the Australian Constitution, which deals with the separation of church and state and matters of religious freedom.He has published on various aspects of public law and his research has been cited in Australian and international journals as well as in a judgment of the High Court of Australia.

Research interests

  • Constitutional law
  • Public law
  • Law and Religion

Teaching and supervision

  • Foundations of Law
  • Public Law

Associations

  • Member, Australian Association of Constitutional Law

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Beck, L. (2014). Dead DOGS? Towards a Less Restrictive Interpretation of the Establishment Clause: Hoxton Park Residents Action Group Inc v Liverpool City Council (No 2). University of Western Australia Law Review, 37(2), 59-73.
  • Beck, L. (2014). Jack Balkin's Constitutionalism and the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 37(2), 407-433.
  • Beck, L. (2014). The Establishment Clause of the Australian Constitution: Three Propositions and a Case Study (Forthcoming). Adelaide Law Review.
  • Beck, L. (2013). Higgins' Argument for Section 116 of the Constitution. Federal Law Review, 41(3), 393-415.
  • Beck, L. (2013). Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: The Constitutionality of a Royal Commission. Alternative Law Journal, 38(1), 14-19.
  • Beck, L. (2013). What is Kirby's interpretive principle really about? Australian Law Journal, 87(3), 200-209.
  • Beck, L. (2012). Judicial review of outsourced governmental decision-making. Law Society Journal, 50(11), 38-39.
  • Beck, L. (2012). What is a 'Supreme Court of a State'? Sydney Law Review, 34(2), 295-315.
  • Beck, L. (2012). Williams v Commonwealth: School Chaplains and the Religious Tests Clause of the Constitution. Monash University Law Review, 38(3), 271-294.
  • Beck, L. (2011). Fair Enough? The National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004. Deakin Law Review, 16(2), 405-427.
  • Beck, L. (2011). The Constitutional Prohibition on Religious Tests. Melbourne University Law Review, 35(2), 323-352.
  • Beck, L. (2011). The Interpretation Provisions of Statutory Bills of Rights: A Little Bit Humpty Dumpty? Public Law Review, 22, 97-112.
  • Beck, L. (2008). Clear and Emphatic: The Constitutional Separation of Church and State under the Australian Constitution. University of Tasmania Law Review, 27(2), 161-196.

Conferences

  • Beck, L. (2013). Turning Principals into Bishops: The National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program and the Establishment Clause of the Australian Constitution. Sydney Law School Postgraduate Conference 2013, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Beck, L. (2013). Under the Commonwealth: The Royal Succession and the Religious Tests Clause of the Australian Constitution. After Williams Colloquium 2013, Toowoomba, Qld: Presentation.
  • Beck, L. (2013). Was Jack Balkin a Member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People? Australian Society of Legal Philosophy Annual Conference 2013, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Beck, L. (2012). Higgins’ Argument for Section 116 of the Constitution: Sophistry or Orthodoxy? Sydney Law School Postgraduate Conference 2012, Sydney: University of Sydney Law School.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Beck, L. (2013). Prayers in Parliament and the Constitution. Constitutional Critique Blog.
  • Beck, L. (2013). Swear Words and the Australian Constitution. UK Constitutional Law Group Blog.
  • Beck, L. (2013). What does the School Chaplains Case teach us about Military Chaplains? Constitutional Critique Blog.
  • Beck, L. (2013). What's God got to do with it: Freedom of Religion and the Constitution. JurisDiction, Spring.

Other

  • Beck, L. (2014), Submission to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
  • Beck, L. (2014), Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry into the Recognition of Foreign Marriages Bill 2014.
  • Beck, L. (2013), Submission No 12 to the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration: Inquiry into the Citizens Initiated Referendum Bill 2013.
  • Beck, L. (2013), Submission No 47 to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment: Inquiry into the Australian Education Bill 2012.
  • Beck, L. (2013), Submission No 7 to the NSW Legislative Council Standing Committee on Law and Justice: Inquiry into Racial Vilification Laws.

2014

  • Beck, L. (2014). Dead DOGS? Towards a Less Restrictive Interpretation of the Establishment Clause: Hoxton Park Residents Action Group Inc v Liverpool City Council (No 2). University of Western Australia Law Review, 37(2), 59-73.
  • Beck, L. (2014). Jack Balkin's Constitutionalism and the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 37(2), 407-433.
  • Beck, L. (2014), Submission to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
  • Beck, L. (2014), Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry into the Recognition of Foreign Marriages Bill 2014.
  • Beck, L. (2014). The Establishment Clause of the Australian Constitution: Three Propositions and a Case Study (Forthcoming). Adelaide Law Review.

2013

  • Beck, L. (2013). Higgins' Argument for Section 116 of the Constitution. Federal Law Review, 41(3), 393-415.
  • Beck, L. (2013). Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: The Constitutionality of a Royal Commission. Alternative Law Journal, 38(1), 14-19.
  • Beck, L. (2013). Prayers in Parliament and the Constitution. Constitutional Critique Blog.
  • Beck, L. (2013), Submission No 12 to the Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration: Inquiry into the Citizens Initiated Referendum Bill 2013.
  • Beck, L. (2013), Submission No 47 to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment: Inquiry into the Australian Education Bill 2012.
  • Beck, L. (2013), Submission No 7 to the NSW Legislative Council Standing Committee on Law and Justice: Inquiry into Racial Vilification Laws.
  • Beck, L. (2013). Swear Words and the Australian Constitution. UK Constitutional Law Group Blog.
  • Beck, L. (2013). Turning Principals into Bishops: The National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program and the Establishment Clause of the Australian Constitution. Sydney Law School Postgraduate Conference 2013, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Beck, L. (2013). Under the Commonwealth: The Royal Succession and the Religious Tests Clause of the Australian Constitution. After Williams Colloquium 2013, Toowoomba, Qld: Presentation.
  • Beck, L. (2013). Was Jack Balkin a Member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People? Australian Society of Legal Philosophy Annual Conference 2013, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Beck, L. (2013). What does the School Chaplains Case teach us about Military Chaplains? Constitutional Critique Blog.
  • Beck, L. (2013). What is Kirby's interpretive principle really about? Australian Law Journal, 87(3), 200-209.
  • Beck, L. (2013). What's God got to do with it: Freedom of Religion and the Constitution. JurisDiction, Spring.

2012

  • Beck, L. (2012). Higgins’ Argument for Section 116 of the Constitution: Sophistry or Orthodoxy? Sydney Law School Postgraduate Conference 2012, Sydney: University of Sydney Law School.
  • Beck, L. (2012). Judicial review of outsourced governmental decision-making. Law Society Journal, 50(11), 38-39.
  • Beck, L. (2012). What is a 'Supreme Court of a State'? Sydney Law Review, 34(2), 295-315.
  • Beck, L. (2012). Williams v Commonwealth: School Chaplains and the Religious Tests Clause of the Constitution. Monash University Law Review, 38(3), 271-294.

2011

  • Beck, L. (2011). Fair Enough? The National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004. Deakin Law Review, 16(2), 405-427.
  • Beck, L. (2011). The Constitutional Prohibition on Religious Tests. Melbourne University Law Review, 35(2), 323-352.
  • Beck, L. (2011). The Interpretation Provisions of Statutory Bills of Rights: A Little Bit Humpty Dumpty? Public Law Review, 22, 97-112.

2008

  • Beck, L. (2008). Clear and Emphatic: The Constitutional Separation of Church and State under the Australian Constitution. University of Tasmania Law Review, 27(2), 161-196.

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