The role of civil society in Post-Legislative Scrutiny

Post-legislative scrutiny

The role of civil society in Post-Legislative Scrutiny

15 March 2022
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
17 Russell Square
United Kingdom


Through their work, civil society is directly connected to community members and is aware of changes and impact laws have on the people they are meant to serve.

To support civil society playing a key role in democratic governance, WFD and Kaleidoscope Trust developed a guide on post-legislative scrutiny for civil society organizations, that details the steps civil society can take to meaningfully contribute to legislative impact assessments.

At this seminar, the authors of the guide, Grazia Careccia and Alicia Wallace, will present the research approach informing the guide, present the findings emerging from piloting the guide in several countries, and share practical strategies for civil society to engage in post-legislative scrutiny.

The event is open to civil society organisations, students, academics, parliamentary staff and other interested individuals in the UK. The seminar takes place as an IN-PERSON event at the premises of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) in London. Following the one-hour seminar, participants will be invited to networking drinks at the IALS.

Online participation won’t be foreseen. Prior registration is required for all attendees. Any registered participant who feels unwell or has covid-symptoms on the day of the event is expected to cancel participation.  



  • Dr Constantin Stefanou, IALS Director of Taught Programmes and Director of Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) of the University of London.
  • Franklin De Vrieze, Senior Governance Adviser at Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD)

Presentation of the publication and findings from piloting

  • Grazia Careccia, human rights expert, co-author of the publication
  • Alicia Wallace, gender and democracy researcher, co-author of the publication


  • Parliamentary official
  • Dr Maria Mousmouti, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London

Q&A with the audience, facilitated by Sophia Fernandes, Senior Adviser Political Inclusion at WFD.

Closing: Sophia Fernandes, Senior Adviser Political Inclusion at WFD.

Networking drinks.