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Boundaries of Judicial Review: The Law of Justiciability in Canada, 2nd Edition
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An innovative work on the scope of judicial decision-making in Canada

This book is an innovative work on the scope of judicial decision-making in Canada. Boundaries of Judicial Review: The Law of Justiciability in Canada, 2nd Edition explores the restrictions on which matters courts may decide and which are moot, hypothetical, political in nature or not yet ripe for a decision.
A necessary book for practitioners whose work involves constitutional or administrative matters, it addresses questions such as:

  • When will a matter be dealt with in the courts?
  • When will a matter be decided in the legislature or by the executive branch of the government?
  • Which disputes should appropriately be before a judge?
  • Is an issue too premature, complex, vague or hypothetical to be decided by a court?
The 2nd edition of Boundaries of Judicial Review: The Law of Justiciability in Canada has been fully updated, reflecting recent developments relating to climate change and foreign relations and controversies over national security and the war against terrorism.
About the Author

Lorne Sossin, B.A. (McGill), M.A. (Exeter), Ph.D. (Toronto), LL.B. (Osgoode), LL.M., J.S.D (Columbia), of the Bar of Ontario, is a Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and served as Dean (2010-2018). He is the Director of the Osgoode LL.M. Program in Administrative Law. Prior to joining Osgoode in 2010, Professor Sossin was a Professor with the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto (2002-2010). He is a former Associate Dean of the University of Toronto (2004-2007) and served as the inaugural Director of the Centre for the Legal Profession (2008-2010). His teaching interests span administrative and constitutional law, the regulation of professions, civil litigation, public policy, and the judicial process.

Professor Sossin was a law clerk to former Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada, a former Associate in Law at Columbia Law School, and a former litigation lawyer with the firm of Borden & Elliot (now Borden Ladner Gervais). He holds doctorates from the University of Toronto in Political Science and from Columbia University in Law.

In addition to Practice and Procedure Before Administrative Tribunals, Professor Sossin has published numerous books, journal articles, reviews and essays, including Administrative Law in Practice: Principles and Advocacy (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2018) (with Emily Lawrence); Administrative Law in Context 3rd ed. (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2018) (co-edited with Colleen Flood); Middle Income Access to Justice (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012) (co-edited with Tony Duggan and Michael Trebilcock); Boundaries of Judicial Review: The Law of Justiciability in Canada 2md ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2012); The Future of Judicial Independence (Toronto: Irwin, 2010) (co-edited with Adam Dodek); Civil Litigation (Toronto: Irwin 2010) (co-authored with Janet Walker); and Parliamentary Democracy in Crisis (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009) (co-edited with Peter Russell). Professor Sossin is also the recipient of the 2012 David Mundell Medal for excellence in Legal Writing.

Professor Sossin served as Research Director for the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Task Force on the Independence of the Bar, and has written commissioned papers for the Gomery Inquiry, the Ipperwash Inquiry, the Goudge Inquiry, the Canadian Judicial Council, the Privy Council Office of Canada, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, the Ontario Energy Board, the Ontario Integrity Commissioner, and the City of Toronto, among others. He serves or has served on the Boards of the Osgoode Society, the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, the National Judicial Institute, Pro Bono Law Ontario, and the Law Commission of Ontario. He serves as the Vice Chair of the Ontario Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and Health Services Appeal and Review Board. Professor Sossin served as Integrity Commissioner for the City of Toronto in 2008-2009, and is currently the Open Meeting Investigator for the City of Toronto.