administrative law – governs the organization and operation of (executive and independent) administrative agencies, and their relations to legislature, executive, the judiciary, and the public

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administrative law:

1. The law governing the organization and operation of administrative agencies (including executive and independent agencies) and the relations of administrative agencies with the legislature, the executive, the judiciary, and the public.  *  Administrative law is divided into three parts:

(1) the statutes endowing agencies with powers and establishing rules of substantive law relating to those powers;
(2) the body of agency-made law, consisting of administrative rules, regulations, reports, or Opinions containing findings of fact, and orders; and
(3) the legal principles governing
the acts of public agents when those acts conflict with private rights.

1. The law that controls, or is intended to control, the administrative operations of government. 1 Am J2d Adm L § 1. [2]

1. The body of law that controls the way in which administrative agencies operate.

2. Regulations issued by administrative agencies. [3]

     Excerpt from Felix Frankfurter, The Task of Administrative Law 75 U. Pa. L. Rev. 614, 615 (1927):

     “Administrative law deals with the field of legal control exercised by law-administering agencies other than courts, and the field of control exercised by courts over such agencies. [4]

     Excerpt from 1 Charles H. Koch, Administrative Law and Practice § 1.2, at 2 (2d ed. 1997):

     “[A]dministrative law is to labor law, securities regulation, and tax what civil procedure is to contracts, torts, and commercial law.  Administrative law studies the way government institutions do things.  It is therefore the procedural component to any practice that affects or is affected by government decisionmakers other than just the courts.  Its study goes beyond traditional questions; it explores a variety of procedures and it develops ideas about decisionmaking and decisionmakers. [5]

international administrative law:

1. The internal law and rules of international organizations. 

2. The substantive rules of international law that directly refer to the administrative matters of individual states. 

3. Domestic administrative law specifically concerned with international problems or situations. — aka administrative international law. [1]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.

[4]: Felix Frankfurter, The Task of Administrative Law 75 U. Pa. L. Rev. 614, 615 (1927).

[5]: 1 Charles H. Koch, Administrative Law and Practice § 1.2, at 2 (2d ed. 1997).


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