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Douglas and Jones's Administrative Law

7th Edition

By Roger Douglas, Michael Head, Yee-Fui Ng

Federation Press

960 pages

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Douglas and Jones is well established as a leading text on administrative law, a reliable book notable for its accessibility and contemporary perspective. The 7th edition, in which Roger Douglas is joined in authorship by Professor Michael Head, will maintain the reputation of its predecessors.


The book is essentially a students' book of cases and materials. However it is also useful to the practitioner who does not deal with problems in administrative law on a regular basis … The book is a good introduction to the subject and would enable a student to obtain a good basic understanding would enable the practitioner in the feild to obtain a lead into what he or she wuold have to master to deal with the problem in administrative law that has recently landed on the desk.

(2009) 83 ALJ 774

the book provides a comprehensive coverage of administrative law for students and legal practitioners, particularly with its commentary and extracts from case law and legislation and the Notes and Questions sprinkled throughout the text. It would be a useful addition to any law library.

Australian Law Librarian, Vol 18 No 1, 2010

…I can thoroughly recommend this work. It is well-written, well set out, up to date, and it gives comprehensive coverage of the subject. It is well worth the purchase. It is prepared and written by an obvious expert.

Damien J Cremean, Law Institute Journal of Victoria, October 2009

This edition introduces new excerpts from recent High Court, Federal Court and Supreme Court decisions and a section on human rights legislation in the ACT and Victoria. Even in areas where there has been no significant development in case law or legislation since the last edition, commentary has been updated to include references to recent articles and reports.

The text not only states the existing law, but also foreshadows the possible future directions of development. Extracts from Australian Law Reform Commission and Administrative Review Council reports are provided, reviews and inquiries in relation to law reform are referred to and the impact of human rights legislation in the United Kingdom is noted as indicating a possible catalyst for similar developments here. The law is current to 1 November 2008.

Ethos, ACT Law Society Journal, June 2009

Table of Contents

1. Issues and Problems in Australian Administrative Law 2. The Rise (and Decline?) of Administrative Law 3. Freedom of Information and Open Government 4. Understanding Decisions: Reasons, Discovery and Evidence 5. Investigating Administrative Activity: Auditors-General, Corruption and Whistleblowers 6. Investigating Administrative Conduct: The Ombudsman 7. Administrative Review on the Merits 8. Delegated Legislation 9. The Duty to Act within Powers 10.The Exercise of Discretionary Power 11. The Duty to Act for Proper Purposes and according to Relevant Considerations 12. Duties in Relation to Findings of Fact 13. Reasonableness, Rationality and Other Limitations to Administrative Decision-Making 14. The Right to Procedural Fairness: General Principles 15. The Right to be “Heard” 16. The Rule Against Bias 17. Limits to Fairness 18. The Effect of Errors on the Validity of Decisions 19. The Availability of Judicial Review 20.Judicial Remedies 21. Discretion 22. Standing to Seek Judicial Review

About the Authors

Roger Douglas is Professor of Law at LaTrobe University, Australia and Michael Head is Professor of Law at the University of Western Sydney.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology