We are pleased to announce that through March and into April we will be hosting a symposium of posts on Paul Daly’s monograph, Understanding Administrative Law in the Common Law World, published last year by Oxford University Press.
The book is an ambitious effort to get at the roots of administrative law in the common law jurisdictions of Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, and New Zealand. As Daly acknowledges, and as Joanna Bell has persuasively argued, something will always be missed in any attempt to reduce so complex a field as administrative law to a single theory, especially when the field surveyed extends across multiple jurisdictions. To avoid such reductionism, Daly offers a pluralistic account that seeks both to understand and justify administrative law by reference to its underlying values, a project he commenced in earlier work. In particular, Daly identifies four values underlying judicial review: individual self-realisation; good administration; electoral legitimacy; and decisional autonomy. We will not offer our thoughts on the persuasiveness of the account in this introductory post, preferring to leave that to our commentators. We wish only to celebrate the book’s readability, its ambitious scope and the treasure trove of case law it collects for researchers working in the area. It is clear this book is the product of years of rumination and research on the subject.
The symposium will feature weekly posts from contributors including Alison L Young, Jacob Weinrib, Mary Liston, Cora Chan and Jason Varuhas. We will conclude the symposium with a responsive post from the author.
We look forward to commencing the symposium with our first contributor’s post next week.