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The Nature of Inquisitorial Processes in Administrative Regimes


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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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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). Laverne Jacobs, Sasha Baglay, Robin Creyke, Robert Thomas, Samantha Green, Lorne Sossin, Michael Asimow, Jean-Bernard Auby, Gerald Heckman, Herwig C.H. Hofmann, Giacinto della Cananea, Stephen T. Goudge, Thomas R. Braidwood, Gus van Harten, Scott Prasser, Jula Hughes, Nora Farrell, Mary Liston.


'This useful edited collection brings together international perspectives on the use of inquisitorial processes in administrative law. Written by leading academics from different jurisdictions, it provides valuable comparative insights. It will be welcomed by academics, researchers and policy makers, and is an important addition to the literature on administrative justice.' Mary Seneviratne, Nottingham Trent University, UK 'Departing from the traditional preoccupation with the principles of judicial review, this book is part of a new generation of administrative law scholarship that assesses the efficacy and implications of models of administrative process. The comparative perspective is particularly effective in drawing attention to the assumptions underlying different kinds of processes, and in reminding us to consider why we do things the way we do.' Beth Bilson, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

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