Administrative Law Matters

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


Reminder: Fisher & Shapiro on Administrative Agencies, Tuesday, February 21, 11.30

Join us next Tuesday on Zoom for the next in this year’s Administrative Law & Governance Colloquium, with Professors Liz Fisher and Sidney Shapiro, discussing their book, Administrative Competence: Reimagining Administrative Law (CUP, 2021): This book, by two of the world’s leading administrative law scholars, reimagines administrative law as the law of public administration by […] Read more


Administrative Agencies are a They, not an It

I am as guilty as any writer of referring to “an” administrative decision-maker, or “the Tribunal” or “the Regulator”. But, with apologies to Kenneth Shepsle, administrative agencies are a “they”, not an “it”. An administrative decision, be it an adjudicative decision or the adoption of a rule or policy, will typically be the product of […] Read more


Reminder: Margit Cohn on the Executive, 11.30 eastern time Tuesday, February 7 (on Zoom): Administrative Law and Governance Colloquium 2023, “The Legitimacy of the State”

The 2023 Administrative Law & Governance Colloquium 2023 gets underway next Tuesday, with Professor Margit Cohn, who will be discussing her important recent book, A Theory of the Executive Branch: Tension and Legality (OUP, 2021): The executive branch in Western democracies has been granted a virtually impossible task: expected to ‘imperially’ direct the life of […] Read more


Human Rights in the Administrative Decision-making Process: Moncrief-Spittle v Regional Facilities Auckland Limited [2022] NZSC 138

The New Zealand Supreme Court’s recent decision in Moncrief-Spittle v Regional Facilities Auckland Limited [2022] NZSC 138 contains an illuminating discussion of many important issues, including the obligation of public decision-makers to take human rights into account in their decision-making processes. The incident which gave rise to the underlying litigation was the cancellation of an […] Read more