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By Craig Forcese

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Faculty of Law

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Administrative Law (2016-2017) 

Section specific description:

Put formally, administrative law deals with key statutory, common law and (occasionally) constitutional constraints on the actions of government officials, and with those remedies available when these constraints have been violated. In every material respect, it is the "law of government accountability". Administrative law determines the way in which the state interacts with the people, in a manner that is much more immediate than constitutional law.

I have concrete intellectual learning objectives for this course. By the end of this course, you should:

• appreciate the origins of administrative law and understand how administrative law relates to other areas of public law;
• appreciate the scope of delegated power in governance and the role of the courts in supervising the exercise of this power;
• understand the procedural obligations imposed on administrative decision-makers at common law and by statute, and the Charter;
• understand the jurisdiction of the Federal Court and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in policing administrative decision-making;
• understand the substantive legal principles governing judicial review of administrative decision-making; and,
• understand the remedies available to applicants on judicial review.

Additional information on the teaching method delivered in this course:

This is a "flipped" course that emphasizes active and experential learning. Lectures are delivered in on-line podcasts and screencasts. In class sessions are "practices" in which skills are developed. Practices are dedicated to developing generic "issue spotting" skills useful for IRAC exams and real life. They will also be tied to assignments that mimic some of the key skills in administrative law. By the end of this course, you should be able to:

• Identify legal issues presented to you in a slurry of undigested facts; and,
• Navigate administrative law principles, tribunal rules and decisions to propose reasonable outcomes to legal problems.
• Be able to work ethically with clients in resolving administrative law problems;
• Be able to advance a case in front of a representative administrative tribunal;
• Be able to advise clearly and succinctly an employing law firm or tribunal on the procedural rules that govern administrative proceedings;
• Be able to prepare a basic judicial review application of an administrative decision;and,
• Be able to perfect that application.

You will acquire these skills through mandatory in-class participation and exercises and through out-of-class writing and analytical sessions. It is not possible to pursue a passive learning strategy in this class. You will be compelled to reflect, respond, react and apply the knowledge you acquire through your readings and listening to the podcasts and viewing the screencasts.

The full course syllabus for this flipped class is hosted at H20.  

"Flipped" course.