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Day 1 - Monday 30th March, 2020
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
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.”
A chance for participants to nominate issues of particular concern for attention during the remainder of the workshop.
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”
- Options for defining and delegating risk-reduction tasks
- Establishing causality
- Measuring prevention
- Defining long-term success
Day 2 - Tuesday 31st March, 2020
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
- The Relationship between risk-management as an operational methodology and regulatory structure
- Different types of relationships with regulated industry
This session will explore the implications of risks that possess certain “wicked” qualities which complicate the task of controlling them.
Malcolm K. Sparrow is a leading international expert in regulatory and enforcement strategy, security and risk control. He is the Professor of the Practice of Public Management at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is Faculty Chair of the school’s executive program “Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies.”
He served 10 years with the British Police Service, rising to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. He has conducted internal affairs investigations, commanded a tactical firearms unit, and has extensive experience with criminal investigation. His research interests include regulatory and enforcement strategy, fraud control, corruption control, and operational risk management.
He holds an MA in mathematics from Cambridge University, an MPA from the Kennedy School, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Kent University at Canterbury.