11th International Conference of Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
27-29 October 2019
 
 

11th ICOAF

Building Resilient and Sustainable Ombuds Institutions
27-29 October 2019 
Sarajevo

This conference will mark a decade of international conferences, which was first initiated in Berlin in 2009 and has taken place annually since.

This year the conference will focus on the topic of “Building Resilient and Sustainable Ombuds Institutions”, specifically, how ombuds institutions can develop stronger internal capacities so that they are able to withstand threats and adapt to changing and challenging environments.

Against the backdrop of states encroaching on democratic space, the conference will explore how ombuds institutions can avoid politicization and attacks against their impartiality and independence, without compromising their mandate. 

 

11th ICOAF

Programme

SUNDAY 27th OCTOBER 2019

WELCOME DINNER

MONDAY 28th OCTOBER 2019

CONFERENCE OPENING :

Borjana KRISTO, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina (speech here)

Ambassador Thomas GUERBER, Director, DCAF (speech here)

Boško SILJEGOVIC, Parliamentary Military Commissioner of Bosnia and Herzegovina

 
SESSION 1 : WHAT ARE RESILIENT AND SUSTAINABLE OMBUDS INSTITUTIONS ?

 

William MCDERMOTT (moderator), Project Officer, DCAF

Igli TOTOZANI, author of “Venice Principles on the Protection and Promotion of the Ombudsman Institution”, former Ombudsman of Albania

Simphiwe Thembakazi DAMANE-MKOSANA, Acting Military Ombud, South African Military Ombud (speech here)

SESSION 2 : HOW OMBUDS INSTITUTION CAN MAINTAIN STABILITY AND SUSTAIN MOMENTUM ?
SESSION 3 : HOW OMBUDS INSTITUTION CAN PREVENT CRISIS AND THREATS ?

William MCDERMOTT (moderator), Project Officer, DCAF

Gregory LICK, National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman, Canada (speech here)

Gene ALOISE, Deputy Inspector General, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) (speech here)

Hans-Peter BARTELS, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces, Germany  

Nino LOMJARIA, Public Defender of Georgia

TUESDAY 29th OCTOBER 2019
SESSION 4 : HOW OMBUDS INSTITUTION CAN RESPOND TO CRISIS AND THREATS ?
SESSION 5 : HOW OMBUDS INSTITUTION CAN CONTRIBUTE TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ?

William MCDERMOTT (moderator), Project Officer, DCAF

Hon. Florence KAJUJU, Chairperson, Commission on Administrative Justice, Kenya, and Secretary-General, African Ombudsman & Mediators Association (AOMA) (speech here)

Catalina CRESPO, National Ombudsperson of Costa Rica, Defensoría de los Habitantes, Costa Rica

Jerald JOSEPH, Commissioner of Human Rights, Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), Malaysia

Matthijs van der HOEVEN, Senior Advisor, National Ombudsman of the Netherlands

 
 

PRESS ROOM

Co-Hosts

Parliamentary assemblee of Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Sponsors

German Federal Foreign Office

Office of the Norwegian Parliamentary Ombudsman for the armed forces

Ministry of Defence of the Netherlands

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

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