Administrative Law Matters

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


Constitutionally Conforming Interpretation in Canada

I have posted “Constitutionally Conforming Interpretation in Canada” to SSRN. Here is the abstract: The presumption of constitutionally conforming interpretation is an important part of Canadian constitutional law. But that there is fundamental disagreement about the presumption. This fundamental disagreement reveals the existence of two different camps of lawyers, which I label Type A and […] Read more


The Relativity of Nullity: R (Majera) v Home Secretary [2021] UKSC 46; R (TN(Vietnam)) v Home Secretary [2021] UKSC 41

In its landmark decision in the Case of Prorogations, the United Kingdom Supreme Court suggested that the unlawfulness of Prime Minister Johnson’s advice to the Queen rendered it — and the prorogation that followed — a nullity. Together with the UKSC’s earlier decision in the unusual case of Ahmed (No. 2), the Case of Prorogations […] Read more


Exceptional Circumstances? O.K. Industries Ltd. v. District of Highlands, 2022 BCCA 12

In Vavilov, the Supreme Court of Canada established three correctness categories which are exceptions to the presumption of reasonableness review. The majority also noted that these categories are not necessarily closed. To date, there has been little interest in identifying new categories, with the exception of Stratas JA’s discussion in Entertainment Software Association (in which […] Read more


Administrative Law in the Digital World

With Joe Tomlinson (York) and Jennifer Raso (Alberta) I have posted “Administrative Law in the Digital World” to SSRN, a chapter to appear in Carol Harlow ed., Research Handbook on Administrative Law (Edward Elgar, 2022): The rapid advancement of digital technologies is now reaching into almost every aspect of human life. Administrative law scholars cannot […] Read more


Debates about the Presumption of Constitutionally Conforming Interpretation in Canada

Here is another post in my series on constitutionally conforming interpretation. The first two posts are here and here. Judges and commentators have made structural, institutional and intentionalist arguments about the presumption of constitutionally conforming interpretation. Whilst it is impossible to avoid some form of a presumption of constitutionally conforming interpretation, given the Constitution’s supremacy […] Read more


What is the Presumption of Constitutionally Conforming Interpretation in Canada?

Here is another post on the theme of the presumption of constitutionality. The first one is here. An initial difficulty is that there is disagreement even about the content of the presumption of constitutionally conforming interpretation. The presumption of constitutional conformity “acknowledges the centrality of constitutional values in the legislative process, and more broadly, in […] Read more