Instructor(s): Andrew Green

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7003H.

This section of this course is offered on campus, for students who can attend in person. This course will meet 2 times a week.  One meeting will be in person, the other will be hybrid, rotating between AV conferences and in-class meetings.  In order to safeguard the health and safety of students, there is a possibility that all sections of this class will convert to a remote format for all or part of the term. To enrol in this course all students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here []

Note: The Quercus program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Quercus as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

This course is an introduction to administrative law – how law regulates government power. We will look at how government relates to individuals in a broad range of policy areas from health and the environment to securities regulation and national security. Suppose, for example, the federal government is worried a person seeking to come to Canada as a refugee has connections to terrorism. How should it decide whether or not to admit the person? If the person is refused entry, can she turn to the courts for help? We will discuss what it means for the government to follow a fair process in reaching a decision as well as whether courts can and should review the merits of government decisions (for example, whether the person should be admitted to Canada even though the government refused entry). We will also discuss other issues such as how governments should make rules or regulations – should the government involve the public when making a regulation limiting greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas facilities and should the courts review such a regulation? A key underlying theme will be the apparent tension between, on the one hand, administrative law’s focus on fairness and the ‘rule of law’ and, on the other, the need for governments to be able to effectively and efficiently undertake social and economic policy.

There are four components to the course evaluation. Students will be required to write a final, 2 hour open book exam (60%); write a one hour open book in-class midterm test (20%); and write 3 short responses (250-500 words) answering questions about the readings (10%). There is also a 10% participation grade, based on student input into class discussions.
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

First Term



75 JD


M: 9:30 - 10:400 am (in-class) J250
W: 8:00 - 10:50 am (hybrid: AV conference/in class rotation)