Administrative Law Webinar | New Standard of Review: The Essentials

Date: January 30, 2020
Price per person: $35 (Groups should register at the rate of $35 x the number of participants) / Free for CIAJ Members, but it is mandatory to fill the registration form.
Location: 60-minute webinar beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET (see the different time zones across Canada)

***This Webinar is past. View the recording on-demand on this page:

This program contains 1 CPD hour in all Canadian provinces.
This webinar is made possible thanks to the technical support of the Federal Court of Appeal.


The Bell-NFL-Vavilov trilogy of administrative law appeals was finally released on December 19, 2019. We are still reflecting on the ins and outs, and yet it is already time to adapt. What are the essential elements, benefits and potential impacts? This webinar will help unravel the threads and take stock by addressing specific questions such as:

  • When is the reasonableness standard applicable?
  • What does reasonableness entail?
  • Does Vavilov signal a return to a more intrusive approach?
  • What is the significance of the specialized expertise of administrative decision-makers?
  • What do “questions of central importance to the legal system as a whole” mean after the trilogy?


Justice David Stratas. LL.B. (Queen’s University, 1984); B.C.L. (Oxford University, 1986); LL.D. (Queen’s University, 2012, honoris causa). Born in Toronto, Ontario. Law clerk to Justice Bertha Wilson of the Supreme Court of Canada (1986-1987). Called to the Bar of Ontario (1988). Litigation partner in firms in Toronto, Ontario. Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (2008). Appointed Special Advocate by the Minister of Justice (2008). Adjunct member, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University (1994 to the present), winning multiple faculty teaching awards. Author of over 200 articles or conference papers on various legal topics, particularly in the areas of administrative law, constitutional law, and legal writing. Appointed Judge of the Federal Court of Appeal, and a member ex officio of the Federal Court on December 11, 2009. Appointed Judge of the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada, May 3, 2012.


Gerald Heckman is associate professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Manitoba (Robson Hall) where he teaches administrative law, constitutional law, advanced public law and language rights. After receiving his LL.B. from the University of Toronto, he clerked for the Federal Court of Canada, obtained an LL.M. in administrative law from Queen’s University, Kingston and practiced labour, employment and human rights law. He earned his PhD at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. His research interests focus on public law and include the role of international human rights norms in Canadian administrative and constitutional law and migration law. He is co-editor, with Professors David J. Mullan, Gus Van Harten and Janna Promislow of Administrative Law – Cases, Text and Materials. He is the recipient of several faculty and university teaching awards.”


Group viewing is recommended in a room (or rooms) with audio-visual equipment sufficient to accommodate the number of registrants expected at your location. A link to the webinar platform and a password wil be sent by email 48 hours prior to the event. It is recommended to test the platform beforehand. Groups should register at the rate of $35 x number of participants.

Broadcast time across Canada (Thursday, January 30, 2020):
PT 8:30–9:30 am
MT 9:30–10:30 am
CT 10:30–11:30 am
ET 11:30 am–12:30 pm
AT 12:30–1:30 pm
NT 1:00–2:00 pm

A French session conducted by The Honourable Justice Yves de Montigny will take place at 1 p.m, which requires a separate registration, available here.


For further information, please contact the Program Coordinator, Mary Plagakis
Tel.: 514-731-2855, extension 4
Fax: 514-731-3247