Lack of Transparency in Selection of the Danish Ombudsman: Old Habits Die Hard
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The delay was also due to the fact that the Standing Committee of the Parliament on Legal Affairs (LAC), which is tasked with authority to propose a suitable candidate for an Ombudsman to the Parliament, had a hard time reaching an agreement. The Committee, therefore, decided to appoint a temporary Ombudsman in the interim, who served the whole month of November 2019. The Ombudsman proper will take office on December 1.
The episode showed that the selection of an Ombudsman in Denmark is unwieldy and somewhat obscure, especially when compared to appointments to other public offices and comparative best practice. This contribution examines the procedure for selection of the Danish Parliamentary Ombudsman, taking the recently adopted “Venice Principles on the Protection and Promotion of the Ombudsman Institution” as a benchmark. The selection process of the Danish Ombudsman could be modernised at least in one important way: the process should be opened up to allow for external applications that would be transparently processed and evaluated.
|Publication date||7 Dec 2019|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 7 Dec 2019|
Simon Drugda, Lack of Transparency in Selection of the Danish Ombudsman: Old Habits Die Hard, Int’l J. Const. L. Blog, Dec. 7, 2019, at: http://www.iconnectblog.com/2019/12/lack-of-transparency-in-selection-of-the-danish-ombudsman:-old-habits-die-hard
- Faculty of Law - Danish parliamentary ombudsman, Ombudsman institutions, Venice Commission, Appointment of ombudsmans, Transparency, Open application for public office