Administrative Law Matters

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


2023 Administrative Law & Governance Colloquium: “The Legitimacy of the State”

Registration for this year’s Administrative Law & Governance Colloquium is now open: register here. The topic for the 2023 edition will be “The Legitimacy of the State”: The legitimacy of contemporary liberal democratic states is in a state of flux. Managing the effects of globalization, responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and fighting escalating inflation have […] Read more


Crown Corporations in Canada

I am giving a talk at the School of Law, National University of Mongolia next week during their Fourth Annual Conference on Issues in Constitutional and Administrative Law, on the topic of state-owned enterprises. Here are my thoughts… Why Crown Corporations? Crown corporations are “structural heretics”, designed to function as commercial players but to achieve […] Read more


Reminder: Professor Joseph Heath on the Civil Service, Tuesday March 14 11.30 eastern

The next speaker in this year’s Administrative Law & Governance Colloquium will be Professor Joseph Heath (University of Toronto). Professor Heath will be discussing his book The Machinery of Government: Public Administration and the Liberal State (OUP, 2020): In political theory, the traditional model of state power was that elected officials make policy decisions which […] Read more


New Paper — The Autonomy of Administration

Last September I participated in a University of Toronto symposium on the career of Justice Rosalie Abella. The papers from the symposium are to be published in the University of Toronto Law Journal. A pre-publication version of my piece, “The Autonomy of Administration“, is now available for download on SSRN: Justice Rosalie Abella is closely […] Read more