POLICY SKILLS TEAM TOPIC DESCRIPTION
1. Criminal Justice System Reform and Implementation in Developing Societies
Sinja Graf (Germany) National University of Singapore
Onur Ince (Turkey) Singapore Management University
Osama Siddique (Pakistan) Law and Policy Research Network
Effective criminal justice reform thinking and implementation requires deep appreciation of national contextual realities as well as meaningful adaptation of what has proven to work well across national boundaries. In this workshop we will develop an analytical framework to examine reform projects from multiple lenses: historical, sociological, institutional, legal, geographical and knowledge/data focused. We will evaluate reform not only as a technocratic domain but equally as a political phenomenon and strategy. Informed by select international literature, our collaborative learning method will emphasize vital actual experiential insights from our diverse faculty as well as seasoned participants.
2. Good Governance in the Public and Private Sectors
Günter Frankenberg (Germany) Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
Jothie Rajah (Singapore) The American Bar Foundation
Nikolas Rajkovic (Canada) Tilburg Law School
This team will explore the ways in which governance is performed in contemporary policy work. We will focus on the role of law in governance as a site of choice rather than a ready-made solution to significant policy challenges. The limits of law, the unintended consequences of law and the importance of legal arrangements which may be difficult to perceive – private, informal, foreign – will all be considered. We will focus on the understanding what constitutions can and cannot do against corruption.
3. Informality, Development and the Challenge of Inequality
Jorge Esquirol (United States) Florida International University College of Law
Yugank Goyal (India) Jindal Global University
Robert Wai (Canada) Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
This team focuses on issues of economic development and income inequality. The sessions are designed as group exercises that combine policy planning with intensive legal analysis. Professionals working directly on concrete public policy projects will have the opportunity to share their intended objectives and the means available to them, from their perspective, for their implementation. These may include both the traditional tools of policy planning, such as national laws and legal institutions, as well as informal tools such as reliably consistent social practices, deliberate official inaction, and long-standing areas of legal non-regulation.
4. Science and Sustainability
Julia Dehm (Australia) University of Texas School of Law
Benjamin Hurlbut (United States) Arizona State University
Sheila Jasanoff (United States) Harvard Kennedy School
Usha Natarajan (Australia) The American University in Cairo
This team will focus on the relationships among science, technology, and political power in contemporary policy making. The modern state’s capacity to produce and use scientific knowledge is significant both in the production and maintenance of political order and in shaping or justifying the choices faced by policy elites. We will focus on the role of scientific knowledge in policy-making oriented to environmental “sustainability.”