Administrative Law Matters

Commentary on developments in administrative law, particularly judicial review of administrative action by common law courts.


Roadtesting the Vavilov Framework: Bell Canada v. Canada (Attorney General), 2019 SCC 66 and Canada Post Corp. v. Canadian Union of Postal Workers, 2019 SCC 67

Readers who enjoyed my posts on the framework for judicial review of administrative action set out by the Supreme Court of Canada in Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Vavilov, 2019 SCC 65 will also enjoy Justice David Stratas’s updated paper, “The Canadian Law of Judicial Review: Some Doctrine and Cases“, which now takes […] Read more


Administrative Law in Ireland, 5th edition

The fifth edition of Administrative Law in Ireland (Round Hall, Dublin, 2019) rolled off the printing presses and into mailbags just before the holidays. Here is the publisher’s blurb: For over 30 years, Hogan and Morgan has been the leading work on administrative law and judicial review in Ireland.This new edition of Administrative Law in […] Read more


The Vavilov Framework V: Concluding Thoughts

In my first post on the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Vavilov I described it as a commendable effort to comprehensively address two issues, namely the selection of the standard of review and the application of the reasonableness standard, which have plagued Canadian administrative law for decades. Significantly, judges with divergent views on the […] Read more


The Vavilov Framework IV: Remedial Discretion

Despite occasional suggestions to the contrary, remedial discretion is a key feature of contemporary administrative law. In Vavilov, the majority discussed the issue at surprising length — surprising because although remedial discretion is by now a well-developed phenomenon, it is rarely the subject of detailed discussion.  The majority set out a variety of factors which […] Read more


The Vavilov Framework III: Precedent

The Vavilov framework is intended to be a clear break with the past: “A court seeking to determine what standard is appropriate in a case before it should look to these reasons first in order to determine how this general framework applies to that case” (at para. 143). Given the reformulations effected in Vavilov, some […] Read more


2020 Vision: Dunsmuir 2.0

In early 2015 I was scheduled to present a paper called “2020 Vision: Dunsmuir 2.0” to a judicial training seminar. I never made it to the seminar and the paper was never published: I submitted it to a leading Canadian journal but when it came back with a “revise and resubmit” I ultimately dropped it […] Read more