THE SIXTEENTH WROXTON WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD ON THE

 

27-28 July 2024

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CALL FOR PAPERS

Paper proposals are invited for the Sixteenth Workshop.  Proposals are invited that cover any aspect of legislatures – their development, behaviour, functions and consequences – and present findings likely to have practical relevance for parliamentarians.  Papers that address issues of development, accountability, legislative scrutiny, the design of legislatures and the use of space, public engagement, international co-operation and transparency are especially welcome.  Papers may be country specific, though papers that present comparative research are encouraged.  It is anticipated that there will be a concluding keynote address, similar to that held at the conclusion of the Fifteenth Workshop.

Papers should be prepared and submitted electronically at least three weeks prior to the Workshop.  Papers are normally 5,000 to 7,000 words in length (though shorter papers are also welcome) and may be considered for publication in The Journal of Legislative Studies.

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A Message From Professor The Lord Norton of Louth

I would like to take this opportunity to not only thank all the delegates who travelled to Wroxton in 2022 to take part in this unique Workshop, but also the Dean of Wroxton College, and all the support staff within the College, who helped contribute to the success of our 15th Workshop.

The Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians serves to enable scholars to present research likely to be of practical interest to parliamentarians and for participants to engage in a dialogue that enables each to learn from the other.  The 15th Workshop, held on 30-31 July 2022, richly fulfilled its purpose, drawing academics and practitioners from 26 nations and international organisations.  We welcomed parliamentarians from nations ranging from the Maldives to Mongolia, with notable delegations from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.  The Workshop was not only the most diverse in the history of the Workshops, but also probably the most successful.  Papers addressed both the relationship between the legislature and the executive – the standard focus of much scholarly research – and the relationship between legislatures and the public, which was a core theme of the Workshop, building on the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) 2022 report on Public engagement in the work of Parliament.

Since the first Workshop in 1994, each has been co-sponsored by the Centre for Legislative Studies at the University of Hull and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, a partnership that has facilitated a wonderful and rewarding discourse between scholars and practitioners, to the benefit of both.

I look forward to welcoming both researchers and members of parliaments, as well as parliamentary staff, to the 16th Workshop, taking place at Wroxton on 27/28 July 2024.

I have also been asked to provide a link to the article ‘Is the Westminster system of government alive and well’ which I referenced in my closing keynote address. This can be found by clicking HERE

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NEW FOR 2024

New for 2024 at Wroxton is an introduction to Legislative Drafting Seminar, which will take place in one of the lecture rooms on the Friday 26 July. This is something that has been asked for on numerous occasions from delegates from around the world who have previously attended the Wroxton Workshop. This introduction to Legislative Drafting will pave the way for further training modules that will be delivered not only in the UK, but also in situ at various Parliaments and Government institutions around the world.

Building upon the successful administration of the Wroxton Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians, Amanda Riley, and a team of Barristers in partnership with Lord Norton under a new company ARLS, will provide these bespoke certificated training courses with regard to Legislative Drafting. Each of our course modules have been built around guidelines laid out by the UK Office of the Parliamentary Counsel (OPC).

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ONLINE REGISTRATION AND BOOKING IS NOW OPEN

Because of a number of last minute cancellations for the 2022 Wroxton conference we have had to change the terms and conditions of booking for the 2024 conference. You may book your package at any time and will be allowed to cancel with a refund of your payment less a £75 administration charge up to 14 days prior to the conference. Any cancellations after the 15 July 2024 will result in NO REFUND. Please be aware when making your booking that the visa administration process for delegates arriving from abroad can be complex and lengthy and you must make sure you apply for visa’s in good time. The lack of a visa and cancellation due to not having a visa will not negate the above cancellation policy.

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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. 

WROXTON WORKSHOP OF PARLIAMENTARY SCHOLARS AND PARLIAMENTARIANS 

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.

 

 

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