Instructor(s): E. Lawrence, J. Martin & J-C. Killey; Adjunct Professors
Description: This course is an introduction to the body of law that governs administrative decision-making, and the dynamics of administrative justice. The executive branch of government implements legislative policy and delivers government services in a variety of contexts including immigration, human rights, communications, health, energy regulation, labour relations, natural resources, business activities, freedom of information, and others. As a result, this course is foundational to the study of any particular administrative or regulatory regime. The course will explore both the laws developed by and for administrative decision-makers, as well as judicial oversight of administrative decision-makers through the doctrines of procedural fairness (how administrative decisions are made, the rights of individuals to participate in decisions affecting them, and impartiality and independence of decision-makers), substantive review (the scope and standards employed by courts to review the merits of administrative decisions), and remedies. The course also examines the policy concerns that inform the doctrinal rules and principles, and theoretical themes around the relationship between the courts and other branches of government.
Evaluation: Final examination (100%). In compliance with the requirement of an additional evaluation method, students may also opt to prepare a paper on a topic to be approved by the instructors in the range of 15-25 pages (precise page limit and date requirements TBD). In that event, the paper will be weighted as 30% of the final grade, and the final examination will be weighted as 70% of the final grade.