Ron Ellis is a lawyer and legal scholar well known in the Canadian administrative justice field for his persistent championing of rule-of-law reform of Canada’s systems of tribunal justice. With the benefit of many years working with and in the system, including 12 years as the inaugural chairperson of the Ontario Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal, Ellis brings to his writings the unusual mix of a scholarly perspective and the practical insights of an experienced system insider.
His work focuses on tribunals that adjudicate statutory and constitutional rights, and not on tribunals that regulate industries or professions.
He is best known for his book, Unjust By Design: Canada’s Administrative Justice System, (2013, UBC Press). The book consolidates his criticisms of the tribunal system. It also sets out proposals for structural reform. In addition to his book, Ellis has written numerous articles on administrative justice.
The writings collected here are published articles or the texts of presentations to administrative tribunal conferences. Together they provide an invaluable picture of key issues in Canadian administrative justice from the late 1980’s into the second decade of the 21st century.