General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: JDOC3093
Course name: Administrative Law
Programme offered under: JD Programme
Semester: Second
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 6 credits

1.2 Course description

The course will introduce Hong Kong law on judicial review of administrative action. Topics that may be covered in any particular year include: theories of administrative decision-making, grounds of judicial review (errors of law and fact; procedural impropriety; errors in the exercise of discretion; legitimate expectations); public-private divide; the practical aspects of bringing an action for judicial review; and non-curial means of control and scrutiny of administration action (Ombudsman, Administrative appeals, public enquiries). The course will guide students on how to apply the law in factual scenarios and encourage students to reflect upon various theoretical issues in Administrative Law.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Anthony Chan ahkchan@templechambers.com N/A By email
Course convenor Jin Pao jinpao@templechambers.com N/A By email
Course convenor Zenith Chan TBA N/A By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Understand the nature of administrative law, administrative powers, administrative processes and judicial review;

CLO 2 Critically reflect upon the theoretical foundation of judicial review;

CLO 3 Explain the law of Hong Kong on established grounds of judicial review, including illegality, irrationality and procedural impropriety, apply such law in fact situations, critically evaluate such law, and assess the desirability of judicial recognition of new grounds of review;

CLO 4 Examine the impact of judicial review on administrative practices and processes and ascertain the relationship between judicial review and good governance;

CLO 5 Critically analyze the court reasoning and approach in administrative law cases;

CLO 6 Explain and evaluate the legal procedures for challenging administrative actions.

2.2 JD Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/jd-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Essay 15 Apr 2024 50% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Final in-hall exam 16 May 2024 50% 1 3, 5, 6
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Lecture: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/