The third clinic of the post-legislative scrutiny (PLS) Community of Practice will focus on drafting a committee’s report on the impact and implementation of legislation, considering different structures and formats of reports, reviewing data and opinions to guide findings about how the law works, enhancing understandability and readability of the PLS report, drafting recommendations which are SMART, and advancing the report’s recommendations at administrative and at political level.
Parliamentary experiences on this topic will be shared by Dr Patrick Thomas, Constitution Specialist for the UK House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, and Hannah Johnson, knowledge exchange lead in the Welsh Parliament / Senedd Cymru. The meeting will be chaired by Mr. Kakha Kuchava, former Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia.
Post-legislative scrutiny (PLS) is the practice of monitoring the implementation and evaluating the impact of laws. The aim is to ensure that laws benefit citizens in the way originally intended by lawmakers.
We look forward to the opportunity to share and discuss with all participants joining the event.
Dr Patrick Thomas is currently heading up a project for the Constitution Unit (UCL) on the Constitution policy for the Next Government. Previously he was the Constitution Specialist for the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee. A position he has held since 2017. He recently also held the position of Constitution Advisor for the institute for Government and Bennet Institute’s Review of the UK Constitution, published September 2023. He is the Co-author the chapter on Devolution ‘The forward march of devolution halted?’ in the book Parliament and the Law.
Hannah Johnson leads the knowledge exchange programme in the Welsh Parliament/Senedd Cymru. She is also a senior gender adviser to the INTER PARES parliamentary development project. She is currently on secondment to UNDP Laos, where she is providing technical support to the National Assembly's research service and women MPs. Hannah has 13 years of experience working with parliaments around the world. She specialises in gender-sensitive parliaments, parliamentary research, committees, legislative scrutiny and oversight, and has an LLM in human rights law.