Administrative law is the branch of public law that governs decision-making by the tribunals, boards and agencies that implement government policy and deliver public programs and services. The actions of these decision-makers are a critical component of contemporary state regulation in diverse contexts including the environment, taxation, immigration, labour relations and employment, human rights, education, land-use and planning, the regulation of business activities, and income security. As a result, this course aims to provide an important foundation for understanding any of these specific administrative or regulatory regimes, and others. The course will also explore 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 changing nature and purposes of the administrative state, the role of courts in relation to that of statutory decision-makers, and the impact of the Charter and human rights norms on government decision-making.
Note: The instructor of this course/ seminar has indicated a preference or willingness to conduct optional in-person meetings for students. All in-person meetings will be optional for students until the general return to in-person instruction that is expected for the winter 2022 term. Any in-person meetings in the fall 2021 term that cover examinable course content will be accompanied by a remote participation option, such as a separate remote class, live dual delivery, and/ or a recording of the class, at the instructor’s discretion. More information will follow from the instructor after students have enrolled; please also note that there is no guarantee of in-person instruction in any course or seminar.