LLAW3093 Administrative law

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW3093
Course name: Administrative Law
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: Second
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Not applicable
Prerequisites: Constitutional Law
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value: 6 credits

1.2 Course description

The course will introduce Hong Kong’s 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), the 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 Ann Lui annlui@gmail.com N/A By email
Course convenor Ernest Ng ernest.cy.ng@gmail.com N/A By email
Course tutor Patricia Ho measorho@hku.hk CLE By email
Course tutor Eric Ip ericcip@hku.hk CCT 705 By email
Course tutor Michael West mikewest@connect.hku.hk N/A By email
Course tutor Geoffrey Yeung gyeung@dcc.law N/A By email

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Explain the nature and scope of administrative law and judicial review.

CLO 2 Identify and explain the established grounds of judicial review.

CLO 3 Apply administrative law to analyze realistic legal problems—identifying the relevant legal issues and sources—and provide appropriate advice on how Hong Kong courts are likely to address those problems.

CLO 4 Critically evaluate judicial reasoning in administrative law decisions.

CLO 5 Express an informed opinion about the suitability of the doctrine of ultra vires as a theoretical basis of judicial review.

CLO 6 Express an informed opinion about the desirability of new grounds of judicial review.

CLO 7 Critically evaluate the impact of judicial review on administrative practices and processes.

2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

PLO A Demonstrate a solid understanding of the body of legal knowledge and the capacity to critically analyse and evaluate legal principles and arguments, at a level required to meet the standards and expectations of the legal profession and the community at large.

PLO B Apply the knowledge, lawyering skills and legal reasoning to real situations in life, with a view to resolving issues, problems and disputes within the legal parameters.

PLO C Appreciate the underlying values of the law and the legal system in the broad social, economic, political and cultural contexts: justice, the Rule of Law, and protection of rights and liberties which form the fabrics of a civilised society, and the importance of upholding these values by the legal community.

PLO D Appreciation of the differences in laws and legal systems among different political, social and cultural environments, and develop a comparative understanding of the different legal systems, legal ethos and legal cultures among the various jurisdictions.

PLO E Ability to present effectively legal arguments in the professional context, as well as conveying and explaining the law effectively to lay clients and members of the larger community

PLO F Strong awareness of social issues and conditions, and utilise analytical abilities and rhetorical advocacy for the betterment of the human community.

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
Research paper TBC 30% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Final exam TBC 70% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
*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: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/grading-criteria/


4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Lecture: 2 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Tutorial: 2 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 8.5 hour(s) / 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).


5.1 Resources

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

5.2 Links

By the publication of the course profile online, the Faculty deems the student as having been notified of the course requirements.