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CBA Administrative Law Section

CBA Administrative Law Section articles are published under the banner Intra Vires. Members interested in posting articles are encouraged to send them to the Section at:



Musical chairs: Re-assigning hearings that have already started

  • January 10, 2018
  • Christopher Wirth, Alex Smith and Maneet Sadhra

When can a hearing which has commenced be reassigned to a new decision-maker or a decision-maker substituted to render a final decision? Several recent decisions have attempted to wrestle with these thorny issues.

Administrative Law

CBA Administrative Law, Labour and Employment Law Conference

  • January 02, 2018
  • Ronni Nordal

Each year one wonders whether the CBA Admin Law, Labour & Employment Law Conference will meet expectations created by the great conference the previous year. Without a doubt the 2017 Conference, held in Ottawa in November, met – even exceeded – them.

Administrative Law, Labour & Employment

Cooperative federalism – a division of powers principle to suit every need?

  • January 02, 2018
  • Olga Redko

Much ink has been spilled over the significance of the principle of cooperative federalism, starting with whether it is even a recognized doctrine that can be relied upon to adjudicate disputes over the division of legislative powers established by the Constitution Act, 1867.

Administrative Law

SCC: Standard of review from a Minister's extradition decision is reasonableness

  • December 22, 2017
  • Christopher Wirth and Maneet Sadhra

The Supreme Court of Canada in India v Badesha, has confirmed that the standard of review of reasonableness will apply to a review of a Minister's extradition decision. With that decision, an extradition order against two Canadian citizens accused of arranging an honour killing in India was reinstated.

Administrative Law

Administrative law in one sitting: A special contribution from Justice David Stratas

  • April 10, 2017
  • Jonathan Coady

In a valuable contribution to improve the accessibility and understanding of administrative law in Canada, Justice David Stratas from the Federal Court of Appeal has published a new summary of the law of judicial review. Over the course of more than 100 pages, Justice Stratas navigates the labyrinth that is administrative law with his usual humility and ease. The end result is an important resource for any student, lawyer, or judge working in this area.

Administrative Law

Outreach East: Networking in New Brunswick

  • September 14, 2015
  • Ellen C. Desmond

Ellen Desmond reports on a successful outreach educational section that took place in Moncton, N.B., with a focus on the impact that reforms have had on the independence of tribunals at the institutional and individual levels.

Administrative Law

Message from the Chair

  • September 14, 2015

Incoming Administrative Law Section Chair Karen Sinclair-Santos, Q.C., welcomes the new executive lineup and talks about what makes the Section one of the most active in the CBA, and what’s coming up for the Section in the next year.

Administrative Law

Evolution of advocacy explored at conference

  • March 11, 2014
  • Karen Sinclair-Santos

I had the privilege of helping to organize the 14th annual Administrative Law, Labour and Employment Law Conference held last November.

Administrative Law