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Administrative Law and Constitutional Checks on the Executive
All-Powerful Leaders?: The Concentration of Power in Modern Executives
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A Teaching Topic in Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

Administrative Law and Constitutional Checks on the Executive

This topic examines the legal constraints on executive action within the Canadian political system. Students learn about the key principles of administrative law in Canada. This topic also discusses the role of the courts in constraining executive power. This topic introduces students to the concept of judicial review, and considers how the Charter of Rights and freedom has changed the role of the courts in Canadian democracy.  

Recommended Reading (API 5116)

Johnson’s Thinking Government, additional chapter on administrative law (available on the website

Janet Hiebert (1999) “Parliament, Courts and Rights: Sharing the Responsibility for Interpreting the Charter”, in J. Bickerton and A. Gagnon, eds., Canadian Politics, 3rd edition, Peterborough, Broadview Press, 185-205.

Gerald Baier (2003) “The Law of Federalism: Judicial Review and the Division of Powers”, in François Rocher and Miriam Smith, eds., New Trends in Canadian Federalism, 2nd edition, Peterborough, Broadview Press, 111-133.

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