Administrative Law Matters

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


Some Upcoming Webinars

Readers may be interested in some upcoming webinars which are open to the general public. First, on May 20 at 2pm EST, I will be speaking (with Professor David Dyzenhaus) on a Centre for Constitutional Studies panel, “COVID-19: Emergency Powers and Legal Principle“. This webinar is free. On May 25 and May 26, 12pm EST, […] Read more


Unresolved Issues after Vavilov I: Internal Appeals

This week, I am going to post three pieces on matters left unresolved by the Supreme Court of Canada in its seminal administrative law decision, Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) v. Vavilov, 2019 SCC 65. First, internal appeals, second, administrative decisions allegedly infringing Charter rights and, third, procedural fairness. There are three observations to make about […] Read more


There’s a New Boss in Town: Vavilov and Municipalities (Alexandra Flynn)

This is the third and final post in the Guest Posts from the West Coast series. In the curious time of COVID-19, Canadian municipalities have leveled the virus’ spread by enforcing distancing rules, fining non-compliant businesses, and maintaining garbage collection, among other mundane tasks. City decision-makers are clearly ‘governments’ – and important ones, too. But, […] Read more