From Georgia to Indonesia: Legal frameworks and meaningful public participation

8 November 2023

Speakers: Lumina Mentari (Expert Staff, The House of Representatives, Republic of Indonesia); Nanuka Kruashvili (representative of the Georgian Young Lawyer’s Association, Georgia)

Chair: Dr Sarah Moulds, University of South Australia and member of the IPEN Executive Team

This Public Engagement Hub seminar, jointly organised by the IPU and IPEN, will explore the crucial role of legal frameworks for public participation in the work of parliament and delve into the concept of “meaningful engagement”. 

There is great diversity among political parliaments, laws, and practices concerning public participation. Some countries rely on established practices, while others have enshrined public participation in the legal framework.

The existence of legal safeguards for public engagement, among other things, enables courts to define the essence of “meaningful engagement,” setting a standard that makes public participation a substantive reality.

The webinar will draw upon a comparative analysis of legal provisions from 30 countries about the role of laws in fostering effective public engagement in parliamentary proceedings. 

Two national examples will go further into the issue. A distinguished member of parliament from Georgia will discuss the role of constitutional and legal provisions in securing public engagement, while a representative from the parliament of Indonesia will share insights into a landmark constitutional court judgement that concerns the meaningful public engagement in the legislative process.

The seminar will take place on Zoom and is open to anyone with an interest in public engagement with parliaments.

It will will be presented in English. Translation will be available from/to French and Spanish.

This seminar is jointly organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the International Parliament Engagement Network (IPEN). The event is part of a series of webinars hosted by the Public Engagement Hub.

Find out more and register here.