Administrative Law Matters

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

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Pastagate: Enforcement Discretion

Language is the third rail of Canadian politics, so it is with some trepidation that I wander out onto the tracks to muse on enforcement discretion in the wake of recent controversy about the Charter of the French Language and the Office québécois de la langue française. “Pastagate” arose when the OQLF conducted an inspection […] Read more

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Henry VIII Down Under

There are limits to what courts can do to thwart legislative enactments of Henry VIII clauses, which grant powers to the executive to modify legislation. Typically, Henry VIII clauses are included in legislation for limited periods of time, to facilitate the implementation of the statutory provisions. Much of what governs modern life is not produced […] Read more

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Hate Speech at the Supreme Court of Canada

In an important decision yesterday in Saskatchewan (Human Rights Commission) v. Whatcott, 2013 SCC 11, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld against constitutional challenge s. 14 of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code (albeit with slight modifications).  The legislation provides for private parties to make complaints to a human rights tribunal; s. 14 allows the tribunal […] Read more

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Cass Sunstein on OIRA

I linked in passing in Saturday’s post to Cass Sunstein’s very interesting article on OIRA, The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: Myths and Realities. Here is the abstract: Since its creation in 1980, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), a part of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has become a […] Read more

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More on Being a Fraud

I managed to be inadvertently provocative on this subject last time out, with Michael Greve failing to catch my clin d’oeil towards Akhil Amar’s anguished declaration that if Obamacare were turned to dust by the U.S. Supreme Court his whole life would be a fraud. In any event, Greve has now explained in some more […] Read more

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Is my discipline a fraud?

Provocative post from Michael Greve. A taste: More and more, our administrative state looks like something dreamt up in a late-night meeting between Carl Schmitt and Evita Peron. I’m teaching something called, fraudulently, administrative “law.” Believe you me: nothing in that corpus juris poses any meaningful constraint on government. Read more