Administrative Law Matters

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


Vavilov’s First Birthday, December 18

In association with the Centre for Public Law and the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue Join some of Canada’s leading experts for a day-long conference analyzing the implications of the key decision of Vavilov for various areas of administrative decision-making. We will celebrate Vavilov’s first birthday on December 18. The conference will be remote, on […] Read more


Ensuring Consistency in Administrative Adjudication: Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers v Canada (Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship), 2020 FCA 196,

The Immigration and Refugee Board is Canada’s largest administrative tribunal. It makes tens of thousands of determinations each year in refugee and immigration matters where the stakes are as high as they can be in administrative adjudication. Ensuring consistent decision-making in a high-volume tribunal, with members spread out across the country, is a significant challenge. […] Read more


Vavilov at One

I have posted “Vavilov at One” to SSRN. It is a comprehensive review of the first year of the roll-out of the framework established in Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) v Vavilov, 2019 SCC 65. Here is the abstract: A year ago, in Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) v Vavilov, the Supreme Court of Canada fundamentally reshaped […] Read more