Administrative Law Matters

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


Parliamentary Sovereignty and Intergovernmental Agreements: Reference re Pan‑Canadian Securities Regulation, 2018 SCC 48

Last Friday the Supreme Court of Canada cleared the way (at last) for a national securities regulator. In Reference re Pan‑Canadian Securities Regulation, 2018 SCC 48, on appeal from a reference to the Quebec Court of Appeal by the provincial government, the Court advised that the legislative and regulatory system envisaged by the Cooperative Capital […] Read more


The Onward March of Declaratory Relief?

A hundred-odd years ago, Farwell LJ noted that the emerging concept of declaratory relief can provide “a speedy and easy access to the Courts for any of His Majesty’s subjects who have any real cause of complaint against the exercise of statutory powers by Government departments and Government officials…” (Dyson v Attorney-General (No. 1) [1911] […] Read more


Symposium on the Privacy International Litigation, Centre for Public Law, Cambridge, October 20, 2018

On Saturday, October 20, the Centre for Public Law at the University of Cambridge, is hosting a symposium on the Privacy International litigation. Those interested in attending should email me. Contributors will also be writing short blog posts summarising their presentations, for the Administrative Law in the Common Law World blog. As regular readers will […] Read more


Summer Reading IV: Administrative Law from the Inside Out: Essays on Themes in the Work of Jerry L. Mashaw (Nicholas Parrillo ed.)

A full review of this book will appear in the November issue of the Cambridge Law Journal Administrative law aficionados often find themselves asking existential questions. Should administrative lawyers focus on judicial review – the control by the ordinary courts of administrative action – or should they focus on the internal workings of the administration? […] Read more