Key principles in administrative law – some recent cases

Date & time

5.30–7pm Wednesday 18 March 2020


ANU College of Law, 5 Fellows Road, Acton 2601


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ANU College of Law

Presented by OrganiserAustralian Institute Of Administrative Law (AIAL) And Centre For International & Public Law (CIPL)

CIPL Seminar
Key principles in administrative law – some recent cases
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This free public seminar will involve a range of speakers discussing recent cases on the basic features, and limits, of the Australian regime for challenging administrative decisions, and trends which emerge from them.

About the speakers

Professor Peta Spender, ANU Law School

on CNY17 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2019] HCA 50 concerning whether there can be apprehended bias based on prejudicial but irrelevant material provided to a decision-maker.

Geoffrey McCarthy, Presidential Member, ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal

on Frugtniet v ASIC [2019] HCA 16 about the nature of merits review.

Alice Kingsland, Counsel, Australian Government Solicitor

on Gloucester Resources Limited v Minister for Planning [2019] NSWLEC 7 on the relevance of climate change to development applications.

Cain Sibley, Partner, Clayton Utz

on materiality of errors in judicial review, considered in Hossain v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2018] HCA 34 and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v SZMTA [2019] HCA 3.

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