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Mr John Pyke
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Other Law and Legal Studies, Law
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LLM (University of Sydney), BSc (University of Sydney), LLB (University of New South Wales)


Bill of Rights, Constitutional law & reform, Electoral law, Human rights law

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


John Pyke is enjoying the second career of his lifetime, having been a physicist for 15 years before studying Law. In the present career, he taught Law at UNSW and Macquarie before coming to the Sunshine State and QUT in 1983. He has taught Litigation, Land Law, Family Law, Contracts, Trade Practices, Introduction to Law, History and Philosophy of Law, Law in Context, Jurisprudence, Legal Research and Writing, Legal Institutions and Method, and a number of Constitutional Law subjects. However, John’s main interests lie in the fields of legal reasoning and constitutional law.
John is the co-author, with Alastair MacAdam, of a book on legal reasoning, Judicial Reasoning and the Doctrine of Precedent in Australia, in which his part deals with the kinds of reasons that judges use in creating new precedents, and the extra-legal factors that influence their reasoning. He is now writing an e-text on constitutional principles for intelligent laypersons and politicians called Government Under a Book of Rules, which he is placing, a chapter at a time, on the World Wide Web. He has contributed chapters to a book on the republic referendum and to Beyond the Republic; Meeting the Global Challenges to Constitutionalism. He will be presenting a paper in October 2002 on “Constitutions as Statements of Public Ethics” to the Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Public Ethics.
John has been a consultant to the now-defunct Electoral and Administrative Review Commission and to the independent member for Nicklin, Mr Peter Wellington, on constitutional matters, and has made several submissions to Parliamentary Committees and to the Queensland Constitutional Review Commission. He is the Law School’s coordinator of the Queensland Parliamentary Internship Program, under which students earn credit for doing research for a member or a committee of the Queensland Parliament.
Research Interests

  • Constitutional Law and Theory
  • Legal Reasoning – judges’ influence on the development of the law
  • Electoral Law
This information has been contributed by Mr John Pyke.



  • Pyke JR, (2013) Constitutional law [Law Principles and Practice series] p1-500
  • Pyke JR, MacAdam AI, (2007) Legal Institutions and Method - Third Edition
  • Pyke JR, (2007) Indescribably Strange Powers, Australian Publican Movement - ARMLET p3
  • Pyke JR, (2006) Who is Head of State?, ARMLET: Newsletter of the Australian Republican Movement p1
  • Pyke JR, MacAdam AI, (2004) Book Review: HP Lee and G Winterton (eds), Australian Constitutional Landmarks, Queensland University of Technology Law and Justice Journal p121-123
  • Pyke JR, (2003) A Constitutional Nation, The Verdict p30-32
  • Pyke JR, (2003) Our Constitutional Nation: Yes, States have Constitutions Too - Kind Of ..., The Verdict p33-35
  • Pyke JR, (2002) Book Review: Parliament - The Vision in Hindsight, Proctor p32
  • Pyke JR, (2001) Globalisation - The Bane of Popular Sovereignty?, Beyond The Republic: Meeting The Global Challenges To Constitutionalism p205-214
  • Pyke JR, (1999) Let's leave hysteria to the monarchists, The Australian Republic - The Case For Yes p78-89

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