Administrative Law Matters

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


Baranger on the Boundaries of Public Law

Readers may be interested in listening to Professor Denis Baranger’s Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow Lecture at the Melbourne Law School. A helpful summary is available here: In his lecture, Professor Baranger contended that “you don’t get to understand public law by searching for its foundations, but by identifying its boundaries.” With this contention as a […] Read more


Metzger and Stack on Internal Administrative Law

Gillian Metzger and Kevin Stack’s article “Internal Administrative Law” can be accessed at the Michigan Law Review‘s website. Here is the abstract: For years, administrative law has been identified as the external review of agency action, primarily by courts. Following in the footsteps of pioneering administrative law scholars, a growing body of recent scholarship has […] Read more


Distinguishing Mandatory and Directory Provisions

Another excerpt from my work on Hogan and Morgan’s Administrative Law in Ireland follows, this time attempting to distinguish between mandatory and directory statutory provisions. Warning: this analysis may not survive its imminent encounter with my co-authors! Thoughts welcome, especially from those who have to walk the mandatory/directory line in other jurisdictions. ——— When the […] Read more