Administrative Law Matters

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


Administrative Law & Governance Colloquium 2024, “Executive Power”: Recordings

This year’s Administrative Law and Governance Colloquium on “Executive Power” has drawn to an end. Here are the recordings of each session. Robert Craig (Bristol) on “Crown Powers”: Peter Shane (NYU) on “Presidential Powers”: Philippe Lagassé (Carleton) on “Prerogative Powers”: Ariane Vidal-Naquet (Marseille) on “Executive Responsibility in Comparative Perspective”:   Thanks […] Read more


Reasonableness as Tapestry

Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Vavilov, 2019 SCC 65 is closing in on 10,000 mentions in subsequent cases.    After five-or-so years the basic concepts have been very well explained and are widely understood. Nonetheless, every now and then I come across a passage that is particularly evocative.    The following contribution by […] Read more


Reminder: Executive Power with Ariane Vidal-Naquet, Wednesday, March 27 11.30 eastern

On Wednesday of this week, Professor Ariane Vidal-Naquet will be joining me on the Administrative Law & Governance Colloquium. Professor Vidal-Naquet will be discussing her contribution to Comparative Executive Power in Europe: Perspectives on Accountability from Law, History and Political Science (Routledge, 2023). Her deep knowledge of executive power in Europe will complement the previous […] Read more


Reminder: Prerogative Powers with Professor Philippe Lagassé, March 18, 11.30 eastern

Tomorrow, Professor Philippe Lagassé (Carleton) will be joining me on the Administrative Law & Governance Colloquium, on the subject of prerogative powers. Professor Lagassé will be discussing a draft manuscript based on research done under a large grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. He will offer some arresting conclusions about similarities in […] Read more


Limited Rights of Appeal: Three Camps

The Supreme Court of Canada announced yesterday that it will release its reasons for judgment in the appeal from Yatar v. TD Insurance Meloche Monnex,2022 ONCA 446 on Friday. This decision is coming sooner than I expected based on the average time administrative law matters have spent on reserve: this one was heard in November […] Read more