Instructor(s): Richard Stacey

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7003HF.

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

Administrative law is the set of principles and rules that define the government’s powers to tell us, the people, what to do. It is at once the most practical application of our commitments to the ideal of the rule of law, and the live edge of our constitutional commitments to liberty, dignity and equality contained in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

This course offers an overview of administrative law in Canada, examining numerous examples of the misuse of power to highlight how courts apply the principles and rules of administrative law to correct those misuses of power, and guide the administration of justice into compliance with the Constitution and commitments to the rule of law. The course covers four main themes of administrative law: legality, procedural fairness, substantive review, and the evolving understanding of how administrative law is shaping the relationship between the Crown and indigenous communities.

There will be a 90% final 3 hour, open book exam. The remaining 10% will be assessed through class participation, based on answers to focused questions about the course materials.

At a Glance

First Term


71 JD


M: 2:10 - 4:00
W: 2:10 - 4:00