The Professional Regulator - Executive Forum with Professor Malcolm K Sparrow

: Sydney
EVENT TIME: 30th – 31st March 2020
ORGANISATION: Criterion Conferences
: 1300 316 882
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Executive Forum with Professor Malcolm K Sparrow

This forum examines the role of the “Professional Regulator,” focusing on the practical and operational challenges which are common across regulatory enforcement, compliance or disciplinary functions of government, regardless of the specific industries being regulated.

Regulatory scholarship has traditionally paid much more attention to regulatory policy (the content of the law) than to regulatory practice. This workshop seeks to redress that imbalance. Professor Sparrow has worked closely with professional regulators for more than 25 years, focusing on the strategic and operational dilemmas that are distinctive to harm-reduction or risk-control tasks of government (as distinct from “customer service” roles), which may involve the use of coercive power and associated discretion. discretion.

Key themes to be addressed:

  • What does it mean to be “risk-based” in enforcement, regulatory or compliance roles?
  • What would it take to institutionalise an operational risk-management or “harm-reduction” approach as a framework for carrying out tasks and reporting accomplishments?
  • How do we measure an agency’s contributions to risk reduction?
  • What is regulatory craftsmanship and how might we as an agency deliver it?
  • What is the relationship between enforcement discretion and effective risk control?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of alternative regulatory structures, including prescriptive regulation, performance-based regulation, self-regulation and co-regulation?
  • What types of risks (“wicked problems”) present special challenges for regulatory operations and how can those challenges best be met?

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Who will you meet there?

This course is designed for upper level regulatory and enforcement practitioners, for members of professional boards with oversight responsibilities (e.g. medical boards), and for politicians with regulatory portfolios.


Early bird tickets available:

EB1 – Save $500 before 20th December 2019
EB2 – Save $400 before 24th January 2020
EB3 – Save $200 before 21st Feburary 2020
EB4 – Save $100 before 13th March 2020

Take a further $100 off the early bird tickets by using the discount code CC*GC


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