Administrative Law Matters


A Defence of Administrative Law Doctrine, Part II.A, The Constitutional Foundations of Judicial Review

This is an extract from my paper “A Defence of Administrative Law Doctrine“ In his writings on deference, Professor Allan picked up on a theme he had first elaborated in “Doctrine and theory in administrative law: an elusive quest for the limits of jurisdiction”.[1] As he later summarized his general position, doctrinal grounds of review […] Read more


Justice Abella’s Administrative Law Jurisprudence: Critical Analysis

For previous posts in this series, prepared for today’s University of Toronto symposium on Justice Abella, see here, here and here In the scholarly literature on deference, one finds pro-deference arguments based on legislative intent,[1] relative institutional competence,[2] democratic legitimacy[3] and much else besides.[4] These arguments tend to be developed from the perspective of the […] Read more


Justice Abella’s Administrative Law Jurisprudence: Empowering Administrative Decision-makers

This is the latest in a series of posts on Justice Abella’s administrative law jurisprudence (see also here and here). What I find distinctive is her commitment to administrative autonomy, which I describe in this post. Tune in tomorrow to hear more! Justice Abella’s jurisprudence was, however, not all about protecting administrative decision-makers. On another […] Read more