Administrative Law Matters

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


The Ages of Administrative Law

As I find myself drafting the introductory chapter to the next edition of Administrative Law in Context, here are some thoughts on the evolution of administrative law… The advocates of the 20th century welfare state envisaged a government which would take care of its citizens from the cradle to the grave. The contemporary administrative state […] Read more


Rates and Reserves: Manitoba (Hydro-Electric Board) v, Manitoba (Public Utilities Board), 2020 MBCA 60

The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Vavilov v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), 2019 SCC 65 made what seemed to be dramatic changes to the law relating to statutory appeals. Deference had previously come to reign supreme, even where an appeal to the courts from an administrative decision-maker had been provided by the legislature. Vavilov […] Read more


Upcoming Events

The Fall conference season has well and truly begun. I have participated in a variety of private events since the trees began to shed their leaves and, in the coming weeks and months, I will be speaking from a number of publicly accessible platforms: Friday, October 16, Centre for Law and the Contemporary Workplace, Queen’s […] Read more


The Inexorable Rise of Judicial Review

In Prospect Magazine, I have a piece entitled “The inexorable rise of judicial review“, discussing the UK’s Independent Review of Administrative Law. Here is an extract, discussing the complex background to the Review: We should begin by noting that the period of development since the middle of the 20th century has been marked by procedural […] Read more


Algorithms, Administrative Law and Administrative Justice

On three occasions this summer the governmental bodies in the United Kingdom have withdrawn or substantially modified decision-making processes which relied on the production of automated decisions by algorithms. In the areas of immigration, welfare and benefit administration, and examination grading, the bodies involved have effected u-turns. Taken together, the three episodes demonstrate the limitations […] Read more