Article title Doctrinal Ideas and Objectives of Administrative Law

Ph.D. in Law, Associate Professor, Associate Professor of the Department of Administrative Law Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University (Kharkiv, Ukraine) ORCID ID:


Name of magazine Legal journal «Law of Ukraine» (Ukrainian version)
Issue 5/2019
Сторінки [13-28]

The article analyzes the impact which legal doctrine has on the development of administrative law. The author argues that the ideas, theoretical constructs and views on the course of development of society and the State originating in the doctrine of law lay the foundations for formulating the rules of conduct which are further objectified in legislative provisions. Administrative law is considered to be particularly dependent on ideological paradigms. At the current stage of civil society establishment and state-building, the optimal model is being searched for legal regulation of relations between an individual and the State in the public administration domain. The constitutional provisions are the basis for the development of administrative and legal doctrine, most significant among them being the provision that Ukraine is a rule-of-law state, and an individual, his/her life and health, honor and dignity, inviolability and security are recognized as the highest social value, and also that public authorities, local self-government bodies and their officials should act only on the basis, within the powers and in the manner provided for by the Constitution and laws of Ukraine. The concept of “human-centric” which originated in the Constitution of Ukraine and was supported by the absolute majority of administrativists has become the key pillar towards which scientific research in the administrative law domain tends. It has formed the idea of administrative law as that aimed at the implementation and protection of constitutional rights and freedoms of an individual and a citizen. As a manifestation of “human-centric”, the tools of administrative and legal science have been supplemented with the category of “subjective public rights”, and this plays a fundamental role in confirming that an individual is offered an opportunity on his/her own initiative to enter into relations with public administration and require that the latter behaves in the manner compliant with the needs of this individual. The author notes that subjective public rights are the conditions for implementation of the fundamental human and civil rights enshrined in the Constitution of Ukraine. The idea of administrative procedure is becoming increasingly important for administrative law; its essence is to establish the duties of the subjects vested with power to make decisions concerning individuals in compliance with the unified rules, the most essential among them being the following: assurance of an individual’s right to be heard when his/her case is considered, assurance of the right to participate in the administrative procedure in person or by proxy, specification of legal remedies, the need to provide a substantiation of the decision made against an individual, and access of an individual to the information about his/her case. The author states that an objective of administrative law is, inter alia, to develop a legal mechanism capable of meeting the public interest. The author indicates the ways to achieve this as follows: firstly, activities of the subjects of public administration aimed at the implementation of laws relating to the organization and functioning of certain institutions which objectify the needs of different individuals – citizens, associations, and the State. These areas of life include health, education, national security, defense, public order etc. Secondly, another way to assure compliance with the public interest is seen in the capability of the representatives of power to restrict the rights and freedoms of individuals owing to the needs which a democratic society has, such as due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others, fair requirements of morality, public order and general welfare.


Keywords administrative law doctrine; human-centric concept; administrative procedure; assurance of public interest


Authored books

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Edited and translated books

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Journal articles

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Conference papers

21. Ezhegodnik publichnogo prava 2018: principy administrativnyh procedur i administrativnogo sudoproizvodstva [Principles of Administrative Procedures and Administrative Proceedings] (Infotropik Media 2018) (in Ukrainian).

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