Matthew Lewans, BComm, LLB (University of Saskatchewan), BCL (Oxon), LLM (University of Auckland), SJD (University of Toronto)

Professor, Faculty of Law

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Law
Email
lewans@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-9211
Address
451 Law Centre
8820 - 111 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Overview

About

Matthew Lewans is a Professor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law. Called to the Saskatchewan Bar, he practiced law for several years before pursuing graduate degrees at the University of Oxford, the University of Auckland, and the University of Toronto. His research and teaching interests concern the interface between administrative law, constitutional law, jurisprudence, and professional responsibility. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, including the University of Toronto Law Journal, Queen’s Law Journal, McGill Law Journal, Constitutional Forum, and the Alberta Law Review, and he has presented his research to local, national, and international audiences. Professor Lewans’ book, Administrative Law and Judicial Deference (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2016), explores the normative underpinnings of the common law doctrine of judicial deference from historical, comparative, and theoretical perspectives.

In addition to his teaching and research activities, Professor Lewans is a member of the Board of Directors for the Edmonton Community Legal Centre, a not-for-profit organization that provides free legal services, advice, representation, and education to low income residents in the Edmonton area.

Courses

LAW 435A - Constitutional Law

An introduction to the legal framework governing the exercise of power by the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the Canadian state, covering who has the power to make new laws, the power to implement laws, and the power to adjudicate disputes. The limitations imposed on these powers by the rules of federalism and by the provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are also considered. An introduction to the constitutional provisions concerning Canada's Aboriginal peoples is also included.

Fall Term 2020
LAW 435B - Constitutional Law

An introduction to the legal framework governing the exercise of power by the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the Canadian state, covering who has the power to make new laws, the power to implement laws, and the power to adjudicate disputes. The limitations imposed on these powers by the rules of federalism and by the provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are also considered. An introduction to the constitutional provisions concerning Canada's Aboriginal peoples is also included.

Winter Term 2021
LAW 450 - Administrative Law

Designed to provide an understanding of the legal constraints courts have placed on the behavior of administrative tribunals and government departments. Topics to be discussed: What is Administrative Law? How the courts supervise the acts and decisions of administrative bodies. Pitfalls to be avoided by administrative officers: errors of fact and law; excesses of discretion; breach of natural justice. How administrative acts and decisions may be attacked by an aggrieved citizen: remedies. Appeal and review, time limits, locus standi, choice of remedy, procedure. How to avoid attacks by aggrieved citizens. The practical outcome; strength of review. Recent trends in Administrative Law in Canada.

Fall Term 2020

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