The Nature of Inquisitorial Processes in Administrative Regimes: Global Perspectives

The Nature of Inquisitorial Processes in Administrative Regimes: Global Perspectives

By: Laverne Jacobs (author), Sasha Baglay (author)Hardback

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'Inquisitorial processes' refers to the inquiry powers of administrative governance and this book examines the use of these powers in administrative law across seven jurisdictions. The book brings together recent developments in mixed inquisitorial-adversarial administrative decision-making on a hitherto neglected area of comparative administrative process and institutional design. Reaching important conclusions about their own jurisdictions and raising questions which may be explored in others, the book's chapters are comparative. They explore the terminology and scope of the concept of inquisitorial process, justifications for the use of inquiry powers, the effectiveness of inquisitorial processes and the implications of the adoption of such powers. The book will set in motion continued dialogue about the inherent challenges of balancing policy goals, fairness, resources and institutional design within administrative law decision-making by offering theoretical, practical and empirical analyses. This will be a valuable book to government policy-makers, administrative law decision-makers, lawyers and academics.

About Author

Laverne Jacobs is an Associate Professor and the Director of Graduate Studies at the Faculty of Law of the University of Windsor in Canada. She holds law degrees in Common Law and Civil Law from McGill University and a doctorate from Osgoode Hall Law School. Upon graduating from McGill, she clerked for Justice Brian Malone at the Federal Court of Appeal. Dr. Jacobs is widely published in the area of administrative law. Her scholarship aims to bridge the gap between public law jurisprudence and public law realities through empirical inquiry. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to her research and uses qualitative empirical research methods from the social sciences. Dr. Jacobs' primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of domestic and comparative administrative law, freedom of information, human rights and empirical research methodology. Sasha Baglay (LLM, Dalhousie; DJur, Osgoode Hall) is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Her area of research and teaching lies in immigration and refugee law and policy. She has widely presented on the issues of Canadian and comparative immigration and refugee law and has co-authored a book on Canadian refugee law (Refugee Law, Irwin Law Book, 2007). She is the past President of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS).


Contents: Introduction, Laverne Jacobs and Sasha Baglay; Part 1 Inquisitorial Hearing Processes in Administrative Law - Comparative Perspectives: Pragmatism v policy: attitude of Australian courts and tribunals to inquisitorial process, Robin Creyke; From 'adversarial v inquisitorial' to 'active, enabling, and investigative': developments in UK administrative tribunals, Robert Thomas; Administrative justice and innovation: beyond the adversarial/inquisitorial dichotomy, Samantha Green and Lorne Sossin; Inquisitorial adjudication and mass justice in American administrative law, Michael Asimow; About the inquisitorial character of administrative litigation procedure in French law, Jean-Bernard Auby; Inquisitorial approaches to refugee protection decision-making: the Australian experience and possible lessons for Canada, Gerald Heckman. Part 2 EU Administrative Law and Polyjural Decision-Making: Inquisitorial procedures and general principles of law: the duty of care in the case law of the European Court of Justice, Herwig C.H. Hofmann; The European Union and the 'legitimate use of force': administrative inspections and constitutional safeguards, Giacinto della Cananea. Part 3 Truth Commissions and Public Enquiries I - Views of Commissioners: Reflections on the public enquiry into paediatric forensic pathology in Ontario, Stephen T. Goudge; Reflections on the Braidwood Inquiry, Thomas R. Braidwood. Part 4 Truth Commissions and Public Enquiries II - Observers' Reflections: Public inquiries: independence is the key, Gus van Harten; Australian Royal Commissions and public inquiries: their use and abuse and proposals for reform, Scott Prasser; Home truths about Truth Commission processes: how victim-centred truth and perpetrator-focused adversarial processes mutually challenge assumptions of justice and truth, Jula Hughes. Part 5 Hybrid Models of Oversight - Specialized Ombuds, Legislative Officers and Investigations: Evaluating ombuds oversight in the Canadian access to information context: a theoretical and empirical study, Laverne Jacobs; The evolution of the idiosyncrasy of the role of ombudsman/person in Canada, Nora Farrell; Evolving capacities: the British Columbia representative for children and youth as a hybrid model of oversight, Mary Liston; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9781409469476
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 416
  • ID: 9781409469476
  • weight: 898
  • ISBN10: 1409469476

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