This advanced seminar will explore the functioning of the state – its Ministers, departments and officials, as well as its tribunals and independent agencies – and the efficacy of administrative law as the fundamental set of rules that enables that functioning. The course will focus on substantive administrative law doctrine and jurisprudence, and will explore the rules and procedures that govern the availability of judicial supervision of state actions and decisions. An important perspective to be considered throughout is the efficacy of the administrative law doctrine (past and present) at achieving the objects of public policy. To that end, we may consider selected case studies that present challenges to the “adjudicative tribunal” paradigm, such as First Nations governance, disinformation and social media, intellectual property protection, defence procurement, environmental regulation, municipal governance, public health regimes, or other current policy problems. The object is to develop (i) broader insight into the functioning of administrative law jurisprudence, (ii) the ability to critically assess its successes and failures in meeting the public interest, and (iii) a deeper understanding of the strategic use of administrative law litigation to affect the implementation of government policy from the ground up.

Students will be required to submit a research paper of no more than 5,000 words (75%); submit (10%) and briefly present (5%) one short (200-500 words) comment note during the course of the term; and engage in in-class participation (10%).
Academic year
2022 - 2023

At a Glance

Second Term



18 JD


W: 4:10 - 6:00 pm