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A proposal for an Ombud for Future Generations

The Ombud’s role in environmental governance and sustainable development at national and international level: the protection of future generations By Vassiliki  Vretou  In this post, Vassiliki Vretou discusses her new book, which deals with the Institution of the Ombud and its role in protecting environmental rights, including those of children and future generations. She makes … Continue reading

Public inquiries in Japan: Inquiries into the Fukushima nuclear disaster from a UK law perspective

Public inquiries in Japan: Inquiries into the Fukushima nuclear disaster from a UK law perspective. By Hideo Horasawa (Nanzan University and University of Essex)     It has already been more than eight years since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster which was started by the tsunami that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake on 11 … Continue reading

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Consumer Protection – Report from the Ombudsman Inquiry

APPG on Consumer Protection – Report from the Ombudsman Inquiry. By Gavin McBurnie   The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Consumer Protection (the Group) published the report of its inquiry into ombuds on Wednesday 30 January 2019. The inquiry was the result of ‘long-standing concerns about the wide variation in the standards of complaints handling and … Continue reading

Defining vulnerability in the enforcement of public debts

  Defining vulnerability in the enforcement of public debts Jennie Bunt This is a revised version of an original blog-post on the website of The Justice Gap   Testing the boundaries of definitions When the accessibility of justice is threatened, considerable strain is placed on legal definitions. Such definitions carve out the boundaries of, for … Continue reading

Book review: Ombudsmen and ADR: A Comparative Study of Informal Justice in Europe

By Nick O’Brien Nick O’Brien reviews a new book by Naomi Creutzfeldt on her study exploring national differences in complainants’ levels of trust in ombuds. In her timely new book, Ombudsmen and ADR: A Comparative Study of Informal Justice in Europe, Naomi Creutzfeldt (University of Westminster) shows that ‘the relationships people have with the informal … Continue reading