Administrative Law Matters

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


Deference on Questions of Procedural Fairness after Law Society of Saskatchewan v. Abrametz, 2022 SCC 29, An Overview

In this and the following post, I will address the implications of Law Society of Saskatchewan v. Abrametz, 2022 SCC 29 for the standard of review on procedural fairness matters (see my overview of the case here). I will suggest that the implications are potentially profound, as Abrametz suggests that procedural fairness issues should be […] Read more


The Decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Law Society of Saskatchewan v. Abrametz, 2022 SCC 29: Procedural Fairness, Undue Delay and Remedial Flexibility

As regular readers know, I was counsel for the Law Society of Saskatchewan (with Alyssa Tomkins and Charles Daoust) in Law Society of Saskatchewan v. Abrametz, 2022 SCC 29. By a majority of 8-1, the Supreme Court of Canada (Rowe J for the majority, Côté J dissenting) allowed our appeal from the decision of the […] Read more


Holiday Break

This blog has now been up and running for a decade (since May 2012). In that time, I have published over 1,000 entries. I hope at some point to mark these anniversaries with some thoughts about my blogging experience and what I have learned over the years. For now, as I head off on vacation […] Read more


The Ages of Administrative Law: Conclusion

I have posted “The Ages of Administrative Law“, my contribution to this year’s Public Law Conference, to SSRN. Here is the conclusion. Thoughts and comments very welcome. I have set out, in this paper, an analytical framework for explaining developments in administrative law over time. I identified an Age of Invention, in which the basic […] Read more


Introduction: The Importance of Methodology in Public Law Research (Daly & Tomlinson)

Joe Tomlinson and I have posted “The Importance of Methodology in Public Law Research” to SSRN: Public law academics are coming under increasing pressure to be more open about methodology. In part, the pressure results from the increasing sophistication and ambition of legal scholarship. Where lawyers were writing to develop arguments about how other participants […] Read more