DescriptionWith Elin Royles (Aberystwyth International Politics) and John Williams (Aberyswyth Law and Criminology). The aim of this inter-disciplinary seminar was to critically examine the role of Commissioners and Ombudsmen within the political and administrative structures of devolved Welsh governance in a comparative context. Commissioners and Ombudsmen are a prominent feature of Welsh governance and indicate how Wales has developed its distinctive path of governance and policy learning from other international cases. To date, valuable academic work has considered individual Commissioners in Wales (e.g. the Children’s Commissioner, the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, the Welsh Language Commissioner) with some comparative work with other cases (e.g. UK and Ireland). However, this work has not been brought together to reflect more broadly upon the position of Commissioners and Ombudsmen in Wales and this is therefore an understudied academic area that has major policy implications for the future nature of Welsh governance. Drawing on a comparative perspective, this expert seminar sought to examine various factors relating to Commissioners and Ombudsmen, particularly their legal status and accountability, their relations with executives and legislatures, their policy-making input and the implications of multi-level governance and the multi-level division of competences within the devolved UK. Invited speakers, including current and former Commissioners and Ombudsmen in Wales, participated along with other key decision-makers from the Welsh Government and Civil Service, National Assembly for Wales and counterparts from other parts of the UK and Ireland. Through engagement between academics and practitioners, the seminar attempted to reflect on, and influence, the future shape of Welsh governance post-devolution.
|Period||20 Mar 2014|
|Location||Cardiff , United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandShow on map|