Senior Lecturer in Constitutional Law, Western Sydney University

Dr Luke Beck is a constitutional law scholar and currently holds a position as Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at Western Sydney University. He previously held a position at the University of Sydney.

Luke is a leading scholar in the field of separation of religion and state 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. Luke has also published on various other aspects of constitutional and public law.

Luke'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 law reform commissions in Australia and overseas.


  • 2017–present
    Senior Lecturer , Western Sydney University


  • 2012 
    University of Sydney, Law