For three weeks in November and December 2017, the Common Law Section played host to Professor Lorne Neudorf, a visiting scholar from the University of Adelaide, in Australia. Professor Neudorf is currently undertaking a SSHRC-funded comparative legal research project on the parliamentary supervision of executive lawmaking.
In connection with his project, Professor Neudorf is visiting the national parliaments of Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. He was in Ottawa for three weeks to interview parliamentary members and staff, and staff at the Department of Justice.
On December 7, he appeared as an expert witness before the parliamentary Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations. Professor Neudorf offered a number of recommendations to the Committee to promote greater transparency and accountability, including expanding the Committee’s mandate to examine new bills that delegate lawmaking powers. For more than an hour following his opening statement, Committee members asked Professor Neudorf a number of questions related to his recommendations and ongoing research. In their questioning, members referred to and discussed his article, “Rule by Regulation: Revitalizing Parliament’s Supervisory Role in the Making of Subordinate Legislation“, which had been circulated by the Committee Chair to members in advance of the meeting.
Professor Neudorf was invited to return to the Committee to share his comparative observations following his future site visits to the Parliaments of Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. While in Ottawa, Professor Neudorf also met with faculty members at the University of Ottawa to discuss his research and work at the Brian Dickson Law Library.
Professor Neudorf is Deputy Dean of Law and Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide, Australia, one of Australia's Group of Eight leading research universities. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Robson Hall, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He holds a PhD in the field of comparative law from the University of Cambridge, a JD from the University of Victoria and an LLM from McGill. Prior to his appointment at the University of Adelaide, Professor Neudorf was a founding faculty member at Thompson Rivers University, which was the first new law school in Canada in more than 30 years.
Professor Neudorf's research takes a comparative perspective and is principally focused on public law, especially judicial review, statutory interpretation and legal institutions.