2019

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Thinking about Administrative Justice: the Power of Mashaw’s Models

There are many available definitions of administrative justice, a term which “has, until recently, been shrouded in obscurity”[1] and provoked “considerable disagreement”.[2] On the one hand, the term can be used to denote “the justice inherent in decision making”,[3] or “those qualities of decision making process that provide arguments for the acceptability of its decisions”.[4] […] Read more

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Unreasonable Interpretations of Law Redux: Mason v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2019 FC 1251

I posted earlier this year about divergent approaches on Canadian courts of appeal to the application of the deferential standard of reasonableness to administrative interpretations of law. There was, on the one hand, the aggressive use by the British Columbia Court of Appeal of the principles of statutory interpretation to determine the best possible reading […] Read more

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Some Forthcoming Publications: A Comparative Study of Factual Error; Ireland’s Administrative State; and Materiality in Judicial Review

I should flag for readers three papers which I’ve recently uploaded to SSRN, a collection ranging from a comparative study of judicial review of factual error, through a critique of Irish judicial attitudes to the administrative state to an analysis of materiality in judicial review of administrative action. First, my contribution to the Oxford Handbook […] Read more

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Consistency in Administrative Adjudication: Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2019 FC 1126 and Shuttleworth v. Ontario (Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals), 2019 ONCA 518

In two important recent decisions, Canadian courts have had to consider the lawfulness of internal administrative arrangements designed to promote consistent decision-making. On both occasions, the arrangements ran afoul of the principles of administrative law. In Shuttleworth v. Ontario (Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals), 2019 ONCA 518 a process of peer review of draft […] Read more

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Notice, Reasons and the National Interest: P v Minister for Justice and Equality [2019] IESC 47

When I lectured administrative law at the University of Cambridge, I received one question from the floor in three years. (Students have fortnightly small-group supervisions, so tend to save their inquiries for their supervisors.) I regularly asked the students if they had any questions and sometimes jokingly complained that they were too shy. This machismo […] Read more