Conference Judicial Review in the Administrative State

The Tilburg Law School is hosting an international multi disciplinary conference on ‘judicial review of administrative decision making in the administrative state’. This conference has been funded by the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. The conference is organised by prof. dr. E.M.H. Hirsch Ballin (distinguished professor of Administrative and Constitutional Law at Tilburg Law School and former Minister of Justice in the Netherlands), prof. dr. J.C.A. de Poorter (professor of Administrative Law at Tilburg Law School) and prof. dr. S.A.C.M. Lavrijssen (professor of Economic Regulation and Market Governance). This two-day conference will be held at 18th and 19th January 2018.

The constitutional design of administrative law has traditionally been strongly related with the concept of the trias politica in which the executive power is somehow considered to be a form of execution of what has been decided by the legislator supplemented by a permanent political control and a political accountability to a democratically elected body. In this presumed mechanism of political control and accountability the executive branch finds its legitimacy.

This constitutional design also affects the way we use to perceive the interrelationship between the executive branch and the judiciary. The role of the administrative courts is primarily thought from the principle of separation of powers. The courts are supposed to review administrative decisions involving discretion in a restraint way, e.g. applying the standard of unreasonableness or of a manifest error. The rational underpinning of this restraint judicial review is found in the presumed democratic legitimacy of the administrative decision-making process.

The question arises though to what extent this traditional constitutional framework corresponds with the actual relationship between the different actors in what is called ‘the administrative state’. 

The conference aims to question traditional assumptions on the judicial review of discretion in the light of the changes in the constitutional framework and new forms of administrative governance and decision-making in the administrative state.  It will be debated whether other models of review are more appropriate considering the changing political and legal landscape in which national (independent) administrative authorities and courts operate. Different perspectives are elaborated to assess the role of the courts and the developments in different EU Member States, the EU and the US across different sectors and across different areas of law.  


Thursday 18 January 2018

09:00-10:00        Registration

10:00-10:05        Opening by chairman Prof. dr. Philip Eijlander, Tilburg University

10:05-10:15        Welcome address by Prof. dr. Jurgen de Poorter, Tilburg University

10:15-11:00        Key note address on judicial review in the administrative state by Prof. dr. John Bell, Cambridge University

11:00-11:15        Plenary discussion

Part I: Changes in the constitutional framework: the development of the administrative state

11:00-11:30        The development of the modern administrative state by Prof. dr. Peter Lindseth,  Connecticut Law School

11:30-12:00        Legitimate decision-making in the administrative state by Prof. dr. Joana Mendes, Université du Luxembourg

12:00-12:30        Plenary discussion

12:30-14:00        Lunch break

Part II: A comparative perspective on judicial review of in the administrative state

14:00-14:30        Models of judicial review from a constitutional point of view by Dr. Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov, Bar-Ilan University

14:30-14:45        Plenary discussion

14:45-15:15        Judicial review of administrative decision-making from a UK perspective by Dr. Deni Mantzari, University of Reading

15:15-15:30        Plenary discussion

15:30-16:00        Coffee/Tea break

16:00-16.30        Models of judicial review from a law and economics perspective by Prof. dr. Anna  Gerbrandy, Utrecht University

16.00-16.45        Plenary discussion

16:45-17:00        Closing words by chairman prof. dr. Philip Eijlander

17.00                   Drinks/Reception 

Friday 19 January 2018

09.30-10.00        Reception

Part III Judicial review in the administrative state: lesson to be learned for Dutch administrative law

10.00-10.15        Welcome by Prof. dr. Anne Meuwese, Tilburg University (chair)

10.15-10.45        Constitutional genealogy of judicial review in the administrative state by Prof. dr. Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Tilburg University

10.45-11.00        Plenary discussion 

11.00-11.30        Coffee/Tea

11.30-12.00        Judicial review from a European law perspective by Prof. Rob Widdershoven, Utrecht University

12:00-12:30        Prospects for judicial review in Dutch general administrative law by Prof. dr. Jurgen de Poorter, Tilburg University

12:30-12:45        Plenary discussion

12.45-14.15        Lunch break

Part IV Judicial review in competition law

14.15-14.45        Judicial review in Energy Law, Prof. dr. Saskia Lavrijssen, Tilburg University

14.45-15.15        Judicial review in Dutch competition law seen from a judge-perspective, by Prof. dr. H. Kerkmeester, judge in the Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal

15.15-15.30        Plenary discussion

15.30-16.00        Coffee/Tea

Part V Judicial review in environmental law

16.00-16.30        Judicial review in Dutch environmental law by Prof. dr. T. Barkhuysen and dr. M. van Emmerik, Leiden University

16.30-17.00        Judicial review in Dutch environmental law seen from a judge-perspective by Prof. dr. B.J. van Ettekoven, President of the Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Council of State

17.00-17.15        Plenary discussion

17.15-17.25        Concluding remarks by Prof. dr. Ernst Hirsch Ballin

17:25                   Drinks/Reception



18 t/m 19 januari 2018


Faculty Club, Universiteit van Tilburg
Warandelaan 3


€ 75
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