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The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London (IALS-UoL) and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) are happy to announce the launch of the Advanced Certified Course on Post-Legislative Scrutiny. 


The Advanced course on Post-Legislative Scrutiny explores in-depth the theory and practice of post-legislative scrutiny as an oversight tool. The course adopts a holistic outlook that places post-legislative scrutiny in the legislative cycle.

Target audiences:

Members of Parliament and senior staff of parliaments worldwide

WFD staff, parliamentary development practitioners, legal and governance experts

Academics and researchers from universities in the UK and beyond

Civil Society

Delivery of the course:

The course will be delivered online using synchronous and a-synchronous methods. 

The course will include online presentations, question & answer sessions, individual or group tasks and presentations from participants. 

Participants will have limited access to a dedicated virtual learning environment where course materials will be available. 

The course will be offered in the English language. All lectures and course materials will be in English. 

Course Programme

Monday Session

09:00-11:30am UK time

Friday Session

09:00-11:30am UK time

Week 1

26 June – 3 July

Friday 1 July 2022


  • Prof. Carl Stychin, Director, IALS
  • Anthony Smith, Chief Executive, Westminster Foundation for Democracy

Session 1: Introduction to Post-Legislative Scrutiny


  • Dr. Constantin Stefanou, IALS Director of Taught Programmes & Director of the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Week 2

4 -10 July

Monday 4 July 2021

Session 2: Legislative scrutiny within Parliaments - ex ante and ex post


  • Prof. Dr Helen Xanthaki, Dean, Postgraduate Laws Programmes, University of London; Professor, UCL; Senior Fellow, IALS, President, International Association of Legislation

Case studies:

  • Lucy Sharbert, Head of Legislation Team and former clerk to the then Public Audit and Post Legislative Scrutiny Committee
  • Agus Wijayanto, Country Representative, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Indonesia

Friday 8 July 2021

Session 3: PLS in the context of executive-legislative relations


  • Dr. Elena Griglio, Parliamentary Senior Official, Italian Senate of the Republic, Adjunct Professor, LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome

Case studies:

  • Danijela Božović, Montenegro

Week 3

11-17 July

Monday 11 July 2021

Session 4: Preparing and conducting a PLS: a practical approach


  • Franklin De Vrieze
  • Maria Mousmouti


  • Criteria to select a law for PLS
  • Drafting PLS ToRs/questions
  • Identifying key stakeholders
  • Designing the data collection methods
  • Conducting PLS
  • Planning follow up activities
  • Case studies

This session will offer detailed information on the assignment that participants will have to prepare and present at the end of the course.

Friday 15 July 2021

Session 5: Sunset and review clauses as triggers of post-legislative scrutiny

  • Sunset and review clauses in theory and practice
  • Drafting effective clauses
  • Case studies and practical examples


  • Dr. Sean Molloy, Lecturer, Northumbria University
  • Dr. Maria Mousmouti, Lecturer in Law, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Week 4

18-24 July

Monday 18 July 2021

Session 6: Thematic approaches to PLS & public engagement in the PLS process

  • Gender sensitive scrutiny of legislation
  • Engagement and consultation


  • Hannah Johnson, Knowledge exchange and engagement manager, Welsh Parliament
  • Dr. Maria Mousmouti, IALS

Friday 22 July 2021

Session 7: How can PLS have an impact

  • Tom Caygill, Lecturer in Politics, Nottingham Trent University

Case studies:

  • Stephen Imrie, Clerk to the Criminal Justice Committee, The Scottish Parliament
  • Agus Wijayanto, Country Representative, WFD Indonesia

Week 5

25-31 July

Monday 25 July 2021

Session 8: PLS outside Parliaments


  • Grazia Careccia, human rights expert
  • Alicia Wallace, gender and democracy researcher

Friday 29 July 2021

Session 9: Plenary interactive session

  • Team presentations
  • Plenary discussion
  • Evaluation
  • Wrap up of the course


  • Dr. Constantin Stefanou, IALS
  • Franklin De Vrieze, Head of Practice Accountability, WFD 
  • Dr. Maria Mousmouti, IALS  

Download Course Programme (pdf)​

Timing of the Course

The Advanced Course will take place during the month of July 2022 in online format. It will be delivered every Monday and Friday of the month of July, on the following dates: July 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25 and 29. Each session will be half-day (9.00 – 11.30 AM – UK times).

Participants who follow the entire course will receive a certificate by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London.


Standard Fees: £650.00 - participants should register online (via the 'Book Now' button below and pay by card.

Reduced fee: £450.00 - participants should register online (via the 'Book Now' button below) and then complete the attached Booking Form and New Account Form along with a document of proof of employment (for participants from Official Development Assistance (ODA)-recipients and staff of WFD, FCDO, Westminster Parliament and the devolved assemblies in the UK) and email them to 

Last day to register 15 June 2022 (all invoices due immediately)


General queries:

Details about how to join the virtual event will be circulated via email to registered attendees closer to the event date.