November 23

Raeesa Vakil: Appointments to Administrative Tribunals in India

Administrative tribunals in India occupy a historically contested place within the constitutional framework. Much of this contestation has dealt with questions of regulatory independence, and consequently, with the manner of appointments of judges to tribunals. A recent report on restructuring administrative tribunals by the Law Commission of India fails to address this critical question. In […]

November 14

Matt Nelson and Dian A.H. Shah: The Politics of Administrative “Reasonableness” in Malaysia

In 1997, a Muslim-born woman (Lina Joy) applied to the Malaysian National Registration Department (NRD) to have her name changed – she stated in her application that she had converted to Christianity to marry a Christian man. The NRD rejected her application six months later (without stating any reasons). But, in 1999 she submitted a […]

November 09

The Northern Public Law Forum

The Admin Law Blog is pleased to pass on the following announcement from the Northern Public Law Forum.  The Northern Public Law Forum is an annual seminar series that will rotate around law schools in the north of England. The inaugural seminar will be held in 2018 at the University of Sheffield, with subsequent seminars […]

November 07

Administrative Law Digest

This post contains a roundup of recent developments (in and out of courts) and recent 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 The Delhi High Court has set aside the disciplinary action taken by […]

November 02

Yoav Dotan: Relative Voidness and Remedial Flexibility in Israeli Administrative Law

The consequences of a judicial finding of a defect in an administrative act constitute one of the most puzzling issues in administrative law. According to traditional doctrine, serious flaws such as ultra vires or infringement on natural justice, entail the invalidation of the relevant act (e.g. Ridge v. Baldwin [1964] AC 40). Yet the meaning […]

October 25

Ridwanul Hoque: The “Datafin” Turn in Bangladesh: Opening Up Judicial Review of Private Bodies

This post considers a recent development in Bangladeshi case law on the judicial review of private bodies. To begin with, Bangladeshi courts are largely conservative in opening up judicial review for private bodies or private acts of the State. Regarding the reviewability of state contracts, for example, the court remained quite dismissive for a long […]

October 13

Stephen Thomson: Hong Kong’s Obscene Articles Tribunal: The Tip of the Separation of Powers Iceberg

The Obscene Articles Tribunal (OAT) in Hong Kong performs the administrative function of classifying articles and matter as obscene or indecent.  This is in addition to a judicial determination function on the obscenity or indecency of articles or matter referred by a court or magistrate in the course of proceedings.  The OAT’s powers are regulated […]