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Judicial Review of Administrative Discretion in the Administrative State

  • Jurgen de Poorter
  • Ernst Hirsch Ballin
  • Saskia Lavrijssen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Judicial Review from a Constitutional and Comparative Perspective

  3. Judicial Review in the Administrative State and the Impact on Dutch Administrative Law

  4. Final Observations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Ernst Hirsch Ballin
      Pages 195-198

About this book


This book deals with one of the greatest challenges for the judiciary in the 21st century. It reflects on the judiciary’s role in reviewing administrative discretion in the administrative state; a role that can no longer solely be understood from the traditional doctrine of the Trias Politica.

Traditionally, courts review acts of administrative bodies implying a degree of discretion with quite some restraint. Typically it is reviewed whether the decision is non-arbitrary or whether there is no manifest error of assessment. The question arises though as to whether the concern regarding ensuring the non-arbitrary character of the exercise of administrative power, which is frequently performed at a distance from political bodies, goes far enough to guarantee that the administration exercises its powers in a legitimate way.

This publication searches for new modes of judicial review of administrative discretion exercised in the administrative state. It links state-of-the-art academic research on the role of courts in the administrative state with the daily practice of the higher and lower administrative courts struggling with their position in the evolving administrative state.

The book concludes that with the changing role and forms of the administrative state, administrative courts across the world and across sectors are in the process of reconsidering their roles and the appropriate models of judicial review. Learning from the experiences in different sectors and jurisdictions, it provides theoretical and empirical foundations for reflecting on the advantages and disadvantages of different models of review, the constitutional consequences and the main questions that deserve further research and debate.

Jurgen de Poorter is professor of administrative law at Tilburg University and deputy judge in the District Court of The Hague.

Ernst Hirsch Ballin is distinguished university professor at Tilburg University, professor in human rights law at the University of Amsterdam, and president of the T.M.C. Asser Institute for International and European Law. He is also a member of the Scientific Council for Government policy (WRR).

Saskia Lavrijssen is professor of Economic Regulation and Market Governance of Network Industries at Tilburg University.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jurgen de Poorter
    • 1
  • Ernst Hirsch Ballin
    • 2
  • Saskia Lavrijssen
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Public Law and GovernanceTilburg Law SchoolTilburgThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Public Law and GovernanceTilburg Law SchoolTilburgThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Law Technology Society and Markets/LAWTilburg Law SchoolTilburgThe Netherlands

About the editors

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Judicial Review of Administrative Discretion in the Administrative State
  • Editors Jurgen de Poorter
    Ernst Hirsch Ballin
    Saskia Lavrijssen
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information T.M.C. Asser press and the authors 2019
  • Publisher Name T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology Law and Criminology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-6265-306-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-6265-309-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-6265-307-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 198
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Constitutional Law
    European Law
    Administrative Law
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