Monday 15 November (London):  Models of Governance and the International System

0900 Seminar Briefing, Welcome & Delegate Introductions
What is governance?  Why does good governance matter?

  • Rt Hon. Sir Alan Haselhurst MP, (Conservative) Chair of CPA UK Executive Committee, The House of Commons
  • Andrew Tuggey DL, Secretary, CPA UK Branch

0945 Governance
What is governance?  Why does good governance matter?

  • Professor John Greenaway, Head of Political, Social and International Studies, University of East Anglia

1100  Models of Governance
What are the different models of government practised in the international system? What is the influence of international political organisations? What is the function of differing layers of governance from the international to the local?

  •  Dr. Peter Slinn, Former Academic Director, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, School of Oriental and African Studies
  • Chair: Matthew Offord MP, (Conservative), The House of Commons

1200 The United Nations & The International System
How does the United Nations operate at an inter-governmental level? How are UN treaties negotiated? What effect do UN Treaties have on the actions and governance of national executives?

  • Henry Bellingham MP, Under-Secretary of State, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Sam Daws, Director, Project on UN Governance and Reform, Oxford University
  • Chair: Rt Hon. Baroness D’Souza CMG, Convenor of the Crossbench Peers, The House of Lords

1415 Justice: The International Criminal Court & The International Court of Justice
How are the ICC and ICJ structured? What is the purpose of courts that supersede national judiciaries? Can they be effective? Do international courts risk delegitimizing weaker judiciaries?

  • Dr Olympia Bekou, Head of the International Criminal Justice Unit, Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham
  • Edward Garnier QC MP, Solicitor General for England and Wales
  • Malcolm Shaw QC, Sir Robert Jennings Professor of International Law, University of Leicester
  • Chair: David Winnick MP, (Labour) The House of Commons

1530  International Development Institutions & Governance
What has been the result of an increased focus on governance by bodies such as the World Bank? What has been the impact of this focus on governance structures specifically in developing countries? What lessons have been learnt from the successes and failures of previous governance focused restrictions on development aid?

  • Aart Kraay, Lead Economist, Development Research Group, The World Bank
  • Mark Robinson,Head of Profession, Governance and Conflict, Department for International Development
  • Onno Ruhl, Country Director for Nigeria, The World Bank
  • Chair: Rt Hon. Malcolm Bruce MP, Chair, Development Select Committee, The House of Commons


Tuesday 16 November (Brussels): The European Union

Transfer to Brussels

1230 Introduction to the organisation and work of EU Institutions
How is the European Union structured?  What is the purpose of the Union as a whole? What are the benefits and disadvantages of a supra-national structure to its members?

  • Hans Martens, Chief Executive, European Policy Centre
  • Chair: Richard Jones, Political Counsellor/Deputy Head of Mission, UK Permanent Representative to the European Union

1445 Briefing on the European Commission
What is the Executive role of the Commission and how does it operate? What is the role of Commissioners and how do they negotiate between national and EU interests? How does the Commission relate to the other EU organs of governance?

  • Jo Vandercappellen, Member of the Speakers Team, Directorate-General "Communication"

1600 Briefing on the European External Action Service
Formed by the Treaty of Lisbon the EEAS serves as the foreign ministry and diplomatic corps for the EU. How was the EEAS created? What is its anticipated role? What developments have taken place to institute a diplomatic corps for the EU?

  • Karel Kovanda, Acting Director General & Deputy Director General, Directorate-General "External Relations"

1700 Briefing on the European Council & Council of Ministers
What is the role of the Presidency? How is the Council of Ministers Structured? How does it function? How are their meetings organised and agenda items agreed? What is the legislative function of the Council? What is the relationship between the Council of Ministers and the European Council?

  • Richard Corbett, Senior Political Advisor to President Van Rompuy, The European Council

Wednesday 17 November (Brussels): Supranational Governance

The European Parliament

0930 Briefing on the European Parliament
How are MEPs elected? How is the number of seats allocated to each country calculated? How do MEPs negotiate between national and European interests? How do MEPs group themselves and how do party alliances operate across nationalities? What is the legislative and scrutiny role of the European Parliament? How does the Parliament relate to other EU organs of governance?

  • Edward McMillan-Scott MEP, Vice President of the European Parliament

1030 Discussion with Members of the Trade Committee
1145 Discussion with Members of the Development Committee

1430 Briefing on the European Court of Justice
How is the ECJ structured? What is the role of the ECJ in ensuring the application of EU law across member states? What is the nature of the relationship between national courts and the ECJ?

  • Advocate General Jääskinen, The European Court of Justice
  • Anne- Lise Sibony, Chargée de Cours, University of Liège

1530 Forum: Supranational Governance Structures – Integration or Cooperation?
Using the case studies to lead discussion, delegates consider: what are the benefits and risks of supranational governance structures? Is trade the necessary impetus for integration between nations? Are supranational organisations that focus on cooperation rather than integration more effective?

  • Hon. Mike Sebalu, Delegate from the East African Legislative Assembly
  • HE Ambassador Dato Serbini Ali, Brunei Ambassador to Belgium

Return to London


Thursday 18 November (London): The Westminster System in Commonwealth Contexts

1000  The Commonwealth: Cooperation and Governance 
The Commonwealth as an institution frequently performs a ‘good-offices’ role; what role is there for the Commonwealth in facilitating co-operation on the governance of international issues? What role is the Commonwealth, as a supranational organisation, playing in assisting member nations to improve the governance of their countries?

  • Deputy Secretary-General Ransford Smith, Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Chair: Ian Liddell-Grainger MP, (Conservative) The House of Commons

1115 The Westminster Parliamentary System
What is the historical background of the Westminster model? What are its key defining features? How does the UK system compare with others around the world? What have been the most recent reforms to the UK system?

  • Robert Rogers, Director General of Chamber Services and Clerk Assistant, The House of Commons
  • Lord Tyler CBE, Spokesperson for Constitutional Affairs, The House of Lords
  • Chair: Peter Bottomley MP (Conservative) The House of Commons

1400 The Role of the Opposition
What is the role of opposition parties in Parliament and in scrutinising the Executive?

  • Tony Lloyd MP, (Labour) The House of Commons
  • Elfyn Llwyd MP, (Plaid Cymru), The House of Commons
  • Chair: Adrian Sanders MP, (Liberal Democrat), The House of Commons

1515 Parliamentary Committees
What are the different types of Committee at Westminster? How do Committees operate? What is the output of Westminster Committees? What is the role of a Committee Chairman? How can Committees be strengthened further?

  • Jacqy Sharpe, Clerk of Committees, The House of Commons
  • Michael Connarty MP, (Labour), The House of Commons
  • Chair: Lord Chidgey, (Liberal Democrat) The House of Lords

1615 Forum: Parliamentary Systems in Commonwealth Contexts
Presentation of case studies detailing adaptations of the Westminster system in Commonwealth parliaments. Using the case studies to lead discussion, delegates consider: What are the specific advantages and disadvantages of a Parliamentary system to ensure effective scrutiny? What can be done to strengthen and develop these institutions? What reforms and adaptations to the Westminster System have delegates found most effective?

  • Case Study: Professor Robert Hazell CBE, Director of the Constitution Unit, University College London
  • Chair: Eleanor Laing MP, (Conservative) House of Commons. 

Friday 19 November (London): Justice and the Rule of Law

The Supreme Court

0920 Justice: Court Structure of England & Wales
What is the nature of the relationship between legislation and its legal enforcement in the UK? How is the rule of law to be protected? How can the rights of individuals be protected and communities strengthened through Justice? What is the relationship between the justice system and representation?

  • Ms Sarah Albon, Director of Civil, Family & Legal Aid Policy,  Ministry of Justice
  • Rt Hon. Lord Scott of Foscote, (Crossbench), House of Lords
  • John Thornhill, Chairman, Magistrates Association
  • Chair: Rehman Chishti MP, (Conservative) The House of Commons

1020 Justice: The UK Supreme Court
What is the structure and purpose of a Supreme Court for the UK? How does the UK Supreme Court ensure the constitutional separation of powers? What is the role of a Justice?

  • Rt Hon. Lord Falconer of Thoroton QC (Labour), House of Lords
  • Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore PC, Justice, The Supreme Court
  • Jenny Rowe, Chief Executive, The Supreme Court

1145 Forum: Justice, the Separation of Powers and Legitimacy
What are the most crucial factors in an effective judiciary? How should the interaction between the judiciary and government be framed? What is the importance of separation of powers? What is the role of a final court of appeal? What is the role of international courts in this context?

  • Facilitator: Rt Hon. Lord Justice Thomas, Lord Justice of Appeal, Royal Courts of Justice
  • Facilitator: Jenny Marsh, Programme Lawyer, The International Bar Association Human Rights Institute

1500 Meeting with Westminster School Commonwealth Ambassadors


Monday 22 November (London): Engagement & Representation

0930 Workshop: Evidence Based Policy Making
Facilitated by Delta Partnership

0930 Workshop: Transparency & Accountability: The Role of Parliamentarians
Facilitated by Transparency International

0930 Workshop: Conflict Sensitive Governance
Facilitated by International Alert

1400 Representing Diversity
How can the participation of women and diverse communities be encouraged in parliament and the civil service? What can political parties and community groups do to encourage their greater representation?

  • Simon Woolley, National Coordinator, Operation Black Vote
  • Yasmin Qureshi MP, (Labour), The House of Commons

1500 Young People and Politics: Engaging the Next Generation
How can young people be engaged with politics and parliament? What is the education policy and work of external organisations and charities in promoting youth interests?

  • Luc Delany, European Policy Advisor, Facebook
  • Tom O’Leary, Parliamentary Education Unit, Houses of Parliament
  • Ben Wesson, Former MYP, British Youth Parliament
  • Chair: Natascha Engel MP  (Labour), The House of Commons

1600 Forum: Engagement and Representation
How do delegates engage with civil society and representative groups in their own countries? What mechanisms are built into delegates’ parliaments to ensure the representation of women and minorities? Are these mechanisms effective?

  • Case Study: Senator Joan Fraser, Delegate from Canada
  • Case Study: Hon. Jermaine Wade, Delegate from Montserrat
  • Chair: Meg Munn MP, (Labour) The House of Commons

1700 Briefing: Devolution in the UK
Prior to the visit to Cardiff this session will brief delegates on devolution in the UK, and the Welsh Assembly in the context of the devolved legislatures at the Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly.

  • Rt Hon. (Lord) George Foulkes MSP, (Labour/Cooperative), Scottish Parliament & UK House of Lords
  • Rt Hon. Alun Michael JP MP, (Labour/Cooperative),The House of Commons
  • Chair: Alun Cairns MP (Conservative), The House of Commons

Tuesday 23 November (Cardiff): The National Assembly for Wales & Cardiff City Council

The Pierhead Main Chamber & The Senedd
Transfer to Cardiff

1030 Welcome Briefing
Welcome and film presentation highlighting the changes in Cardiff and Wales over the past century, including devolution.

1100 Devolution: The National Assembly for Wales 
How is devolution structured in the UK? What role and powers are held by the Welsh Assembly? How is the Welsh Assembly structured? What are the recent and anticipated developments to the devolved structure? How does the Welsh Assembly differ from the Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly?

  • Dianne Bevan, Director and Chief Operating Officer, The National Assembly for Wales

1200 Devolution: The Formulation and Implementation of Regional Policy and Legislation – A Political Perspective
How is regional policy formulated? How is legislation developed and passed through the Assembly?  How is the relationship between the UK Parliament and the Welsh Assembly structured? How is policy implemented and developed at a regional level? What is the relationship between national and regional parties with regards to policy?

  • Mr Mohammad Asghar AM, (Welsh Conservatives), The National Assembly for Wales
  • Ms Jocelyn Davies AM, (Plaid Cymru), The National Assembly for Wales
  • Mr John Griffiths AM, (Welsh Labour), The National Assembly for Wales
  • Ms Kirsty Williams AM, (Welsh Liberal Democrats), The National Assembly for Wales
  • Chair: Janet Ryder AM, (Plaid Cymru) CPA Wales Branch Chair

1330 View First Ministers’ Questions (Delegates only)

1445 Local Governance: Cardiff City Council
How is a City Council structured? What is the role of the Council, Executive, Committees and Officers?  What is the role of the Scrutiny Committees? How do they undertake their work? How are they accountable to the public?

  • Ms Kate Berry, City & County Solicitor, Cardiff City Council

1545 Local Governance: Provision of Local Services
How are local services run by the Council? How are they managed? What services are they responsible for? How is the provision of local services directed by government ministries?

  • Mr Paul Orders, Corporate Director, Built Environment, Cardiff City Council

Return to London


Wednesday 24 November (London): Trust and Legitimacy

1000 Forum: Public Ownership of Regional Governance
Presentations by delegates of case studies detailing regional, federal and state governance in their countries. Using the case studies to lead discussion, delegates consider: What are the main concerns in ensuring that regional governance structures effectively represent constituents? How can the relationship between national and devolved governance be managed? How can parliamentarians manage the conflicts between the demands of regional and national legislative priorities?

  • Case Study: Michael Ferguson MP, Delegate from Australia
  • Facilitated by: Lord German OBE, (Liberal Democrats), House of Lords

1130 Scrutiny of the Prime Minister & Prime Minister’s Questions Time
How is the UK Prime Minister held to account by Parliament? View Questions to the Prime Minister, Rt Hon. David Cameron MP.

  • Liam Laurence Smyth, Clerk of the Journals, House of Commons

1330 Coalition Governments
How do coalition governments affect governance? How can coalition governments encourage consensus rather than adversarial politics? What is the effect of coalition politics on policy and scrutiny? Can coalition governments generate greater trust in the political process?

  • Minister Collin Partap, Delegate from Trinidad & Tobago
  • Emma Reynolds MP, Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Conservative), House of Commons
  • Chair: Baroness Scott of Needham Market, (Liberal Democrat) The House of Lords

1430 Elections and Electoral Systems
How do electoral systems differ across countries? What is the structure of international observation missions to elections? What is the role of international organisations in improving the democratic process?

  • Keith Best, Chairman, Electoral Reform International Services
  • Chair: Gary Streeter MP, (Conservative), The House of Commons

1530 Forum: Building Trust with the Electorate
Why are the public in some countries disengaging from politics? How can parliamentarians engage better with the electorate? How can Parliamentarians work to restore trust through transparency?

  • Case Study: Raj Rihun Hawoldar, Delegate from Mauritius
  • Chair: Rt Hon. Kevin Barron MP, (Labour) The House of Commons


Thursday 25 November (London): Effective oversight outside Parliament

0930 Holding Parliament to Account: Scrutiny by the Media
How can the Media play a role in scrutinising Parliament? How does the Media work to promote democratic reform? How can the Media help ensure public access to Parliament and other representative institutions?

  • Lord Black of Brentwood, Conservative), The House of Lords
  • Mtholephi Mthimkhulu MPL, Delegate from ZwaZulu-Natal

1030 Economic Governance
Following a briefing on the Turner Review and its recommendations, what should be the role of governments in managing national economics in a global economy? What are the difficulties and advantages of a regulatory response to economic crisis?

  • TBC, Financial Services Authority
  • Austin Mitchell MP,  (Labour), House of Commons

1145 Public Sector Governance: Input vs. Output management
How does the increased role of the State at ‘street-level’ challenge the traditionally hierarchical structures of the public sector? Should management of the public sector be focused on perceived needs or measurable outputs? What are the advantages and disadvantages of private sector management practices within a public sector context?

  • Lesley Courcouf,  National Advisor, Local Government Improvement and Development
  • Mike Phelps, Head of Public Sector Productivity, Office of National Statistics

1400 Forum: Effective Oversight outside Parliament
How can parliamentarians most effectively provide oversight for the public sector? How can management of the public sector be undertaken to encourage citizen empowerment and downward accountability?

  • Case Study: Anthony Arthur Green, Delegate from St. Helena
  • Facilitated by: Lord Filkin CBE, (Labour), House of Commons

1515 Closing Discussion: The Role of Parliamentarians
What is the role of parliamentarians in ensuring good governance, accountability and representation?

  • Rt Hon. Sir Alan Haselhurst MP, (Conservative), House of Commons

1545  Summing Up, Feedback Session and Presentation of Seminar Certificates

  • Rt Hon. Sir Alan Haselhurst MP, (Conservative), House of Commons

1700  Seminar Ends