The 15th Wroxton Workshop will be held on the

24th & 25th July 2021 

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Our 2019 Welcome Pack is now available to view, please CLICK HERE to download the PDF File.

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A Message From Professor The Lord Norton of Louth

The 14th Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians, co-sponsored by the Centre for Legislative Studies at the University of Hull and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), was held at Wroxton College, Oxfordshire – the venue for all the Workshops from the 2nd onwards – on 27-28 July 2019.

The Workshop is distinctive for drawing together scholars and parliamentarians for the purpose of presenting research findings likely to be of practical interest to members of parliaments. The panel sessions provide an opportunity for the presentation and discussion of the findings, with the breaks between sessions providing an ideal opportunity for more informal discussion and interaction. Each Workshop now concludes with a plenary session, usually based on recent research and publications of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

The 14th Workshop drew academics and practitioners from a total of 27 countries spanning all continents. The countries represented included Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Cambodia, Finland, Greece, Guyana, Israel, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Oman, Sri Lanka and Tasmania. A total of 27 papers was delivered, spanning a range of topics, including benchmarks for democratic legislatures, post-legislative scrutiny, and the capacity of parliaments to contribute to achieving sustainable development goals. The papers demonstrated that parliaments, and parliamentarians, matter and can make a difference to development.

The plenary session, chaired by Meg Munn, former UK minister for women and Foreign Office junior minister, was devoted to discussing the IPU reports on Sexism, harrassment and violence against women parliamentarians, andSexism, harrassment and violence against women in parliaments in Europe.

See below for links to the itinerary of the 2019 Workshop and for copies of papers delivered.

Ms. Rachel Mundilo recipient of the 2019 Lord Norton Scholarship had this to say about her Wroxton Workshop experience.

“Receiving the Lord Norton Scholarship for the 14th Wroxton College Conference, 2019 has been a great honour and privilege. The experience presented an opportunity for academics to present papers on subjects that may be of interest to parliamentarians and for parliamentarians to present observations from their own practical experience. The juxtaposition of the research findings against practical experience was both insightful and informative and was presented in a manner which was easy to digest. I had the opportunity to interact with professionals, donor partners and academics who all share the same interests of creating better parliaments the world over. The experience has enriched my own research in providing augmented perspectives to parliamentary democracy as we know it, and it has provided me with much needed exposure to current developments in the study of parliaments. As a legislative drafter the experience has provided me an opportunity to recognize the inroads to be made in my own jurisdiction particularly on post legislative scrutiny, parliamentary oversight and the overall strengthening and support for parliament. I would like to thank Lord Phillip Norton for the opportunity to attend the conference, and I hope to spearhead any related future initiatives for Namibia. 

The first Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians was held at the Berlin Science Centre in 1994.  It was co-sponsored by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the Centre for Legislative Studies at the University of Hull, and the Research Committee of Legislative Specialists (RCLS) of the International Political Science Association.  The Centre for Legislative Studies was responsible for the organisation and has remained so ever since.  The success of the Workshop led to it being a biennial event, co-sponsored by the IPU and the Centre for Legislative Studies, held from the second Workshop onwards at Wroxton College in Oxfordshire in the UK, an ideal venue for the event.

 

The purpose of the Workshop is distinctive in that it exists to bring together scholars and parliamentarians in order that research findings likely to be of practical use to parliamentarians can be presented and discussed.  It provides an opportunity not only for the findings to be presented and discussed, but also for members of parliaments to meet informally with scholars to discuss their research.  On occasion, papers are themselves presented by parliamentarians and in recent Workshops the practice has developed of having a plenary session to enable participants, especially parliamentarians, to discuss means of strengthening parliaments.

 

 

Registration for our 2019 Workshop is now closed. However if you are interested in attending our 2021 Wroxton Workshop, please visit our Contact Page