The CBA Admin Law Insider: What’s New? May 2019

  • May 10, 2019

We are excited to provide an update on the Section’s recent activities and remind you of upcoming key dates and ways to engage.

What’s New?

  • Essay Competition Winner – The winner of the 2019 Paul Smith Memorial Award is Giancarlo Mignardi, a third year JD student at Queen’s University. Giancarlo’s paper, “Select Issues with Curial Deference on the Basis of Administrative Expertise: A behavioural approach to Canadian administrative law’s ‘prodigal child’” will be published on the Section’s website soon. Congratulations Giancarlo!
  • Laskin Moot – In March, students from 18 Canadian law schools competed in the 2019 Laskin Moot competition. As in past years, the Section hosted a reception for the competitors, with members Olga Redko and Pam Hrick providing greetings. The Section also assists in coordinating practice sessions for participating law schools from across the country. If you would like to be involved next year, please contact us.
  • Supreme Court Intervention – In December 2018, CBA delivered an intervener factum to the Supreme Court of Canada in its trilogy of appeals on standard of review, following a successful intervention proposal from the Section. See the full list of factums here.

Get Involved

Interested in serving on the Section’s Executive Committee? We are seeking nominations for a Secretary and up to 10 Members-at-Large for the term September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020. Click here for more information (May 31 deadline).

The Section also has several active committees and welcomes expressions of interest from members who want to get involved. Please contact us.

Looking Ahead in Professional Development – Mark Your Calendars!

Webinar – Lobbyist Registration Law: 2019 Update (September 10, 2019)
Speakers Bruce Bergen (Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying) and Guy Giorno (Fasken’s political law group) will provide a review of recent developments in Canadian lobbying law. If you communicate with government officials on behalf of clients, or if your clients lobby directly, this webinar is for you. Details will be posted here soon.

Also check out Bruce's article, "What's new in lobbying law", for some background on Canada's lobbying legislation.

CBA Administrative Law, Labour & Employment Law Conference (November 8-9, 2019 Ottawa)
Join our 20th annual conference for expert panels of lawyers, professors and judges providing the latest developments in administrative law and labour and employment law. Stay tuned for the agenda and registration information. In the meantime, check out a summary of last year’s conference.

Member Articles – Now Open Access!

Visit Intra Vires for recently published articles on judicial review of prosecutorial discretion, language rights and the law of lobbying:

Working on an article? Have a case to comment on? Email us to contribute!


Jonathan Coady
Chair, CBA Administrative Law Section