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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2013 - 2014

Module Title Administrative Law
Module Code LG229
School School of Law & Government

Online Module Resources

NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to acquaint students with the manner in which State activities and public bodies are regulated by the rules of administrative law. The module will place the rules of administrative law in their societal context by examining their development and application, as well as focusing on some significant modern examples of the rules in operation in Ireland, e.g tribunals of inquiry. It will examine the sources for the regulation of administrative action in the Constitution, the common law and legislation, and the general principles governing judicial review.

Learning Outcomes

1. give an account of the main rules of administrative law
2. outline the development of certain rules of administrative law and their current application within this and other jurisdictions
3. understand and explain the process of Judicial Review
4. understand and explain the principles of constitutional justice
5. and, apply the rules of administrative law to hypothetical problems, given an account of relevant case-law, legislation and policy in relation to the issues raised

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study40Background Reading
Independent Study61Exam preparation
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to Administrative Law – scope, purpose and origins.

Sources of Administrative Law.

Central Government and Civil Service.

Tribunals and Inquiries; licensing.

Principles of Judicial Review.

Constitutional Justice.

Control of Discretionary Powers.

Legitimate Expectations.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Coffey, G.: 2009, Administrative Law, Thomson Round Hall, Dublin,
  • Hogan and Morgan: 1998, Administrative Law in Ireland, 3rd ed, Roundhall, Sweet and Maxwerll, Dublin,
  • De Blacam, M., J: 2009, Judicial Review, Tottle, Dublin,
  • Delany, H: 2009, Judicial Review of Administrative Action: a Comparative Analysis, Roundhall, Dublin,
  • Delany and McGrath: 2009, Civil Procedure in the Superior Courts, Thomson Round Hall, Dublin,
  • Schmidt, P: 2005, Lawyers and regulation: the politics of the administrative process, Cambridge UP,
  • Law Reform Commission: 2004, Report on judicial review procedure, Dublin: Law Reform Commission,
  • Wade and Forsyth: 2009, Administrative Law, 10th Edition, Oxford University Press,
  • Carolan, E.: 2009, The New Separation of Powers, Oxford University Press,
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