May 22

Eric C. Ip: The Morality of Administrative Law

Contemporary normative theories about administrative law in the Commonwealth tradition concentrate on the appropriateness of judicial review of administrative action (see generally, C Harlow & R Rawlings). The key reference point tends to be comparative institutional competence, that is, whether the courts are in the right position to impose controls on public administration relative to […]

May 16

Rehan Abeyratne: Judicial Appointments and Administrative Law in India

Appointments to the higher judiciary in India have long been fraught with controversy. The Indian Constitution empowers the President of India, after consultation with the Chief Justice and select other judges, to appoint justices of the high courts and Supreme Court. However, over a series of cases in the 1980s and 90s, the Supreme Court […]

May 09

The Third Biennial Public Law Conference, Melbourne Law School, July 2018: Call for Papers

This call for papers may be of interest to readers. The Public Law Conference series is the pre-eminent regular forum for the discussion of public law matters in the common law world. The first two conferences in the Public Law series were held in Cambridge in 2014 and 2016. From 11 to 13 July 2018, […]

May 08

Adam Perry & Farrah Ahmed: Standing & Civic Virtue

Here’s a puzzle about standing. Suppose you’re a resident of, say, London. You love all things herpetological. You’re even the secretary of the local Herpetological Society (a real thing, by the way). You hear that the local council plans to build a power plant on public land – land which also happens to be one […]

April 28


Judicial review in South African administrative law is never dull, but it is currently even more interesting than usual. One reason for this is the ongoing contest between the two main avenues to judicial review: the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act 3 of 2000 (PAJA) – constitutionally mandated if rather unpopular legislation produced by the […]

April 19

Administrative Law Digest

This post contains a roundup of recent developments (in and out of courts) and scholarship in the area of administrative law around the common law world. To submit content for our next update, please email us at Judicial Developments in Administrative Law 1. The Singapore Court of Appeal has recently dismissed an application for judicial […]

April 12

Kate O’Regan: The Constitution and Administrative Law: Insights from South Africa’s constitutional journey

The constitutional transition that took place in South Africa between 1994 and 1997 swept away the constitutional and legal structures upon which the apartheid state had been based. Not only did South Africa adopt the principle of universal suffrage, but it also adopted a supreme constitution, founded on the principle that the exercise of all […]