Comparative Administrative Law

The British Association of Comparative Law has kindly allowed me to post on the comparative law aspects of Understanding Administrative Law in the Common Law World. The post begins:

I am happy to describe myself as a comparative lawyer. I studied law in my native Ireland, before doing an LLM in the United States and a PhD in the United Kingdom (where I later taught for several years). I also worked in Canada – both in the civilian tradition at the Université de Montréal and its common law counterpart at the University of Ottawa. Over time, and in part due to the insights of excellent graduate students, I came to learn more about other common law jurisdictions, especially Australia and New Zealand. By nurture if not by nature, I am a comparative administrative lawyer.

These studies and scholarly activities form the personal and professional backdrop to Understanding Administrative Law in the Common Law World (OUP, 2021). In this book, I develop a novel and fresh theoretical framework for understanding those core features of the judge-made law of judicial review of administrative action which are common to Australia, Canada, England, Ireland and New Zealand. I do so conscious of the fact that I am wandering lonely territory. Administrative law has been “relatively neglected by the boom in comparison” across private and public law in recent decades.[1]

Read the rest here. And/or chapter 1 of the book.

This content has been updated on February 11, 2022 at 13:21.