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Graham Smith, Senior Advisor to the European Ombudsman, will discuss the role of the European Ombudsman and its place in the landscape of EU public administration and, based on recent inquiries, will explain how the Ombudsman's investigative powers work in practice.

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Date 21 January 2019
Time 16:15

Summary

As part of the ACELG and ACES doctoral and postdoctoral workshop 'Accountability and Control of European Multilevel Administration: current challenges in EU administrative law', Mr. Graham Smith, Senior Advisor to the European Ombudsman, is delivering a keynote lecture titled:
 
The European Ombudsman's Work to Improve the Transparency and Accountability of the European Union.

Some of the issues Mr. Graham Smith will discuss include:

  • The role of the European Ombudsman and its place in the landscape of EU public administration
  • Referencing some recent inquiries, how the Ombudsman's investigative powers work in practice
  • The benefits and limitations of the Ombudsman model in dispute resolution
  • The place of transparency and public access to documents in good governance in the EU
  • Comparisons with other FOI regimes and how these have been shaped by political, societal and technological developments
  • The European Network of Ombudsmen

 

The Speaker

Graham Smith is a senior advisor in the Cabinet of Emily O'Reilly, the European Ombudsman, based at the Ombudsman’s Brussels office.

Before joining the Ombudsman's team in 2015, Graham Smith was Deputy Commissioner and Director of Freedom of Information at the UK Information Commissioner’s Office. 

Having been appointed to that role shortly after the Freedom of Information Act was passed, Graham Smith had lead responsibility for the promotion and enforcement of public access to information in the UK. He has extensive experience as an international speaker on information rights and transparency. 

In his earlier career as a public sector lawyer, Graham Smith worked for four English local authorities over a 20 year period. He holds a law degree from the University of Sheffield, is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and has a diploma in Local Government Law and Practice.

 

Practicalities

The lecture will be held at the Amsterdam Law School, building REC A, room A3.15. There will be a reception after the lecture.