Administrative Law (Busby)

Course Title: Administrative Law (Busby)
Course Number: LAW 3530
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Course Description:

Administrative law is about the struggle to achieve a balance between the competing interests that shape the design and implementation of public programs.  While the state must, in the public interest, deliver programs effectively, efficiently and consistently with principles of good government, it must also respect the core values of the rule of law – government that is subject to law and that respects claims of individual dignity and basic liberties, including those reflected in international human rights law.  In this class, we will explore how courts enforce the principles of procedural fairness by ensuring that parties affected by administrative decisions are heard by unbiased decision makers.  We will examine how courts review the substance of administrative decisions.

Teaching Method:

The course will be taught in modules and most modules will be completed in one week. In addition to completing the assigned readings and listening to two (usually) 20 minute lectures which will be posted on UMLearn, students be given a range of options to apply insights gained from the readings and lectures. Such options include 1) writing formative (not summative) mini-quizzes which they will be able to self or peer evaluate; 2) completing short legal research projects; 3) working on short problems in small groups 4) participating in online discussion forums; and 4) participating in problem solving workshops with me (which will be scheduled during the assigned class hours


1. Two take home assignments (due on dates to be assigned) counting for 40% of your final mark which you must work on in groups of between 3 and 5 people.
2. A three-hour open book examination counting for 60% of your final mark. The exam will consist of one or two long hypothetical problems and may also include an essay question. This exam will take place in the December exam period.

Course Materials:

Van Harten, Heckman, Mullan & Promislow, Administrative Law – Cases, Text & Materials, 7th ed. (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2015), Supplement (online), cases and materials posted on course page.


Karen Busby