New study on Ombudsman Institutions in Australasia and the Pacific

February 7, 2013

The International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) implemented its goal to intensify its activities in the area of science and research by publishing a comparative study on “Australasia and Pacific Ombudsman Institutions”.

The IOI commissioned the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights with conducting a comparative study on Ombudsman Institutions in the Australasian and Pacific region between spring 2011 and summer 2012. Author Michael Frahm based the study on the successful publication on European Ombudsman Institutions by Prof Gabriele Kucsko-Stadlmayer.

A detailed questionnaire-based survey was conducted among institutions in Australia, the Cook Islands, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Taiwan, Tonga and Vanuatu.

The first part of the book offers an analytical comparison among the selected institutions, showing differences, common features as well as particularities.

The second part covers 16 separate reports on the selected jurisdictions. It focuses on the legal foundations and organization, mandate, powers as well as object and standard of control. Information about the relationship to the administration, the judiciary and the legislator and special features is also provided.

Further publications in IOI regions to come

“The concept of the Ombudsman definitely contributes to good administration and the rule of law. This study marks the continuation of a full series of publications about Ombudsman Institutions worldwide. The IOI is committed to contributing to the scientific discussion of Ombudsmanship.” emphasizes IOI Secretary General Dr. Peter Kostelka.