2023 Administrative Law & Governance Colloquium: “The Legitimacy of the State”
The topic for the 2023 edition of the Administrative Law & Governance Colloquium was “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 prompted serious questions about public administration in the Global North. These pressing issues have shone a spotlight on difficult areas for liberal democracies, which have struggled in recent decades to reconcile popular desires with the need for effective governance. In this year’s Administrative Law & Governance Colloquium, speakers will address challenges to legitimacy in liberal democratic states by focusing on a range of institutions: the executive branch, the civil service, administrative agencies, immigration enforcement and central banks. The overall goal is to outline contemporary legitimacy challenges and likely responses.
The speakers were:
- Professor Margit Cohn (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), on the executive
- Professor Joseph Heath (University of Toronto), on the civil service
- Professor Liz Fisher (University of Oxford) and Professor Sidney Shapiro (Wake Forest Law), on administrative agencies
- Professor Peter Conti-Brown (Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania), on central banks
- Professor Robert Thomas (University of Manchester), on immigration
Each session was recorded and can be viewed by clicking the link below:
Margit Cohn, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YREd1-_q38
Liz Fisher and Sid Shaprio, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HO_dC8Hha4
Joseph Heath, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZILscl1BA4
Robert Thomas, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7I5PqDhj-s
Peter Conti-Brown, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzGl4rPW2NE&t=969s
2023 Administrative Law & Governance Colloquium Bios
Margit Cohn is a Professor in Law at the Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Henry J. and Fannie Harkavy Chair in Comparative Law. Previously the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs (2013-2015) and chair of the Advanced Studies Committee (2019-2022), her research interests include comparative public law, the Executive Branch in theoretical and comparative contexts, law and society, and the interface between law and politics. Alongside publications in peer-reviewed journals, she is the author of A Theory of the Executive Branch: Tension and Legality(Oxford University Press, 2021), General Powers of the Executive Branch (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2002), and Energy Law in Israel (Kluwer Law International, 2010).
Liz Fisher is a Professor of Environmental Law at the Faculty of Law Corpus Christi College. She is also the General Editor of the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies and served as General Editor of the Journal of Environmental Law for a decade from 2012 to 2022. Her research explores the mental constructs lawyers and legal scholars use to legally reason, particularly in relation to public administration and environmental problems. Her work is grounded in national common law jurisdictions. She has won teaching awards, and served as Vice Dean of the Law Faculty 2013-6, HT 2019, and TT 2021 (the last being Vice Dean (Personnel)). She was awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for 2022-25 for a project exploring legal imagination and environmental law.
Sid Shapiro is a Professor of Law at Wake Forest Law and the Frank U. Fletcher Chair in Administrative Law. Shapiro is an expert in administrative procedure and regulatory policy. He has written ten books, contributed chapters to seven additional books, and has authored or co-authored over fifty-five articles. Sid has been a consultant to government agencies and has testified before Congress on regulatory subjects. He is the Vice-President of the Center for Progressive Reform, a non-profit research and educational organization of university-affiliated academics. Prior to teaching, Sid was a trial attorney with the Federal Trade Commission and Deputy Legal Counsel of the Secretary’s Review Panel at the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
Joseph Heath is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy of the University of Toronto. His research interests include social and political philosophy, business ethics, moral philosophy, and distributive justice. Heath’s publications include Morality, Competition, and the Firm (Oxford), Following the Rules (Oxford), Filthy Lucre (Harper Collins), Communicative Action and Rational Choice (MIT Press), and The Efficient Society (Penguin).
Robert Thomas is Professor of Public Law at the University of Manchester Law School. His research interests include law and administrative organizations; administrative tribunals and other redress mechanisms; judicial review; and administrative rule-making, administrative law and institutional and constitutional design; asylum and immigration law; and administrative justice. In 2003-04 he acted as a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Constitutional Affairs Select Committees with regard to the following inquiries: Immigration and Asylum: the Government’s proposed changes to publicly funded immigration and asylum work (2002-03 HC 1171) and Asylum and Immigration Appeals (2003-04 HC 211).
Peter Conti-Brown is the Class of 1965 Associate Professor of Financial Regulation at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Co-Director of the Wharton Initiative of Financial Policy and Regulation, and Nonresident Fellow in Economics Studies at The Brookings Institution. His research interests include administrative law, central banking, financial history, financial regulation, fiscal crises, political history, public finance, and the Federal Reserve. He is author of the book The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve (Princeton University Press 2016), co-author of a leading textbook on financial regulation (The Law of Financial Institutions), and author and editor of several other books and articles on central banking, financial regulation, and bank corporate governance.
February 7: The Executive
February 21: Administrative Agencies
March 14: The Civil Service
March 21: Immigration
April 4: Central Banks
Here is some background information about the Colloquium.
The Administrative Law & Governance Colloquium is a series of seminars with world-leading experts on public law, who will discuss their scholarship in depth in sessions chaired by Professor Paul Daly, the University Research Chair in Administrative Law & Governance. Attendance is open to students, faculty members and invitees from the public and private sector.
The Colloquium’s Directed Research Project can be taken for 3 credits by uOttawa JD students. Students are expected to attend the series of seminars (save where written permission has been obtained in advance) and to produce a paper of 7,500 to 10,000 words based on the Colloquium theme, in English or in French.
As a project-based research and writing course, students’ work will be independent and self-directed. In collaboration with the speakers, Professor Daly will provide a detailed reading list in advance of each seminar. A general reading list will also be made available. Professor Daly will meet with enrolled students twice, on an individual basis: once at the beginning of the Winter Term to discuss the student’s proposed project and once in the middle of the Winter Term to discuss the student’s progress. These individualized supervisions, along with knowledge acquired from prior study, the general reading list, the detailed reading lists and seminar attendance, will equip students to produce their papers.
Registration in this course is by application. Students interested in enrolling should email Professor Daly (firstname.lastname@example.org) with (a) a brief statement of a proposed project; (b) a CV; and (c) an up-to-date law school transcript (official or unofficial). The deadline is January 31, 2023.
This content has been updated on October 19, 2023 at 10:49.