The Professional Regulator
John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Conference Date
19th & 20th September 2018
Location
Swissotel Sydney
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Day 1 - Wednesday 19th September, 2018

8:30
Registration, coffee & networking
9:00
Opening remarks
Risk-based regulation: Trends in reform
PART A: Risk-based regulation: Trends in reform

Professor Sparrow will provide a high-level and broad-ranging lecture and discussion on recent developments in regulatory and law enforcement strategies, and the challenges of effective risk-control. Specifically, this session will cover: 

  • Legal versus expert models of regulation
  • The relationship between promoting goods and controlling bads
  • The need for, and nature of, regulatory craftsmanship
PART B: Risk-based regulation: Trends in reform

This session will highlight the challenges of organising around risks or “problems”, rather than around functions and processes, and will examine the various possible implications of adopting a “risk-based,” “problem-centric” or “harm-reduction” focus.”  

Q & A Session

A chance for participants to nominate issues of particular concern for attention during the remainder of the workshop.

Defining success & measuring performance in a risk control setting
PART A: Defining success & measuring performance in a risk control setting

The role of analysis and management systems in risk control; project management; the aggregation and disaggregation of risks; relationship to strategic objectives; working smart, and on the right things:

  • Political and public pressures on performance reporting
  • Deficiencies of traditional reporting practices
  • Classic frustrations in trying to demonstrate “risks-reduced”
PART B: Defining success & measuring performance in a risk control setting
  • Options for defining and delegating risk-reduction tasks
  • Establishing causality
  • Measuring prevention
  • Defining long-term success
5:00
Closing remarks

Day 2 - Thursday 20th September, 2018

8:30
Welcome, coffee & networking
9:00
Opening remarks
PART A: Management of Discretion
Management of Discretion

An interactive session in which participants will be organised into mixed groups to discuss the use of, and management of, discretion in compliance-management and risk-control settings:

  • Recognising forms of discretion and their distribution within the agency, i.e. what kinds of decisions need to be made, and who gets to make them?
  • Discussion of the changes of decision-making practices that come with the adoption of an explicit risk-mitigation approach
  • Implications for ethics, the values at stake and the nature of public accountability for agencies with regulatory, enforcement, and harm-reduction missions
CASE STUDY: Boston gun control project
PART B: Management of Discretion
Alternative regulatory structures – Lessons from civil aviation
  • The Relationship between risk-management as an operational methodology and regulatory structure
  • Different types of relationships with regulated industry
LECTURE & DISCUSSION: Understanding special categories of risk, and implications for effective control

This session will explore the implications of risks that possess certain “wicked” qualities which complicate the task of controlling them.

5:00
Closing remarks
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Key Speakers

Professor Malcolm K. Sparrow
John F Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University