Advanced Judicial Seminar on Administrative Law (2020 Edition): A Brave New World of Judicial Review?

Date: November 26, 2020 / 11:00 am
Price per person: Federally Appointed Judges N/A / Provincial Judge CIAJ Member ($295) / Provincial Judge Non Member ($445)
Location: Online Program

Bilingual program with simultaneous interpretation
Participation at this program is approved under Section 41 (1) of the Judges Act.


The wait is finally over. On December 19, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered its long-awaited decision on the standard of review applicable to administrative decision-makers in judicial review proceedings.

This seminar will explore some of the deeper considerations that come out of the existing jurisprudence and the impact that Vavilov and Bell will have on future decisions. Is “reasonableness” a single standard, or will there be different conceptions of what is reasonable depending on statutory and social context and on the nature of the tribunal appealed from? How will courts handle challenges to administrative decisions where some issues are appealable, but others can only be dealt with by way of judicial review? Where an appeal is directly to an appellate court, will that court be expected to hold the appeal in abeyance pending resolution of any judicial review in a lower court? Furthermore, what remains of Baker with respect to fairness in circumstances test? How will a reasonableness review be conducted where there is no or a limited record? All these questions, and many more, will be addressed at this seminar as they represent some of the most pressing issues in administrative law today.


  • The Hon. Justice James O’Reilly, Federal Court, CIAJ’s President
  • The Hon. Justice Georgina R. Jackson, Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan
  • The Hon. Justice Harvey Groberman, Court of Appeal for British Columbia


Please contact the Project Manager of Judicial Programs, Vicki Gondek, CMP
Tel.: 514-731-2855, extension 6
Fax: 514-731-3247