Administrative Law & Governance Colloquium 2021: Front-Line Administration

The Administrative Law & Governance Colloquium is a series of seminars with world-leading experts on public law, who will discuss their scholarship in depth in sessions chaired by Professor Paul Daly, the University Research Chair in Administrative Law & Governance. Attendance is open to all.

The Colloquium’s Directed Research Project can be taken for 3 credits by uOttawa JD students. Students are expected to attend the series of seminars (save where written permission has been obtained in advance) and to produce a paper of 7,500 to 10,000 words based on the Colloquium theme. In 2021, the theme will be “Front-Line Administration”. The Colloquium is scheduled to run on Tuesdays in February and March.

Confirmed speakers are as follows (with dates and titles TBC):

Margaret Doyle (Essex) and Nick O’Brien, Reimagining Administrative Justice

Marc Hertogh (Groningen), Legal Alienation in Front-Line Decision-Making

Jennifer Nou (Chicago), Bureaucratic Resistance

Jennifer Raso (Alberta), Reasons and Justification on the Front Lines

Bernardo Zacka (MIT), Public Service and Moral Agency

As a project-based research and writing course, students’ work will be independent and self-directed. In collaboration with the speakers, Professor Daly will provide a detailed reading list in advance of each seminar. A general reading list will also be made available. .

The final grade will have a participation component of 10%, based exclusively on in-person attendance at the seminars (or written permission, obtained in advance, to be absent).

This year’s Colloquium is being planned on the basis that seminars will be held remotely, enabling global participation.

Registration in this course is by application. Students interested in enrolling should email Professor Daly ( with (a) a brief statement of a proposed project; (b) a CV; and (c) an up-to-date law school transcript (official or unofficial). The deadline is January 31, 2020. Enrollment is likely to be capped at 10 students. Students must have taken, or be enrolled in for Winter 2021, Administrative Law.

This content has been updated on July 17, 2020 at 14:33.