The Doctrine of substantive unfairness and the review of substantive legitimate expectations

Cameron Stewart

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There are many roads to injustice and administrative law is one of them. Modern administrative law strives to protect the core values of the rule of law: certainty, generality and equality. But it is a mistake to believe that administrative law can provide the route to a just outcome in every case of unfair administration. There are some journeys to justice that must be travelled by other paths than through the legal system. The legitimacy of judicial review rests firmly on the notion that judges must be occupied with legality, and that they should be wary of becoming involved in the politics of policy making, which is the role of the executive. It is a fatal mistake for lawyers to believe that they alone can achieve justice, and that judicial review can and should be applied to all decisions in order to achieve justice. Lawyers who believe this risk undermining the traditional role of judges, damaging the legitimacy of the judicial branch of government and threatening the very fabric of the rule of law.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralian administrative law
Subtitle of host publicationfundamentals, principles and doctrines
EditorsMatthew Groves, H. P Lee
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherCambridge University Press (CUP)
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780521697903
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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