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What sort of changes can be expected in the process of web design?

A former Commissioner for Local Administration in England once described to an early BIOA conference his experience of being invited to address a gathering in Mexico, only to find that the whole thing was being covered on live TV and that his tales of housing dilapidation in Hackney seemed rather small beer compared to the human rights violations described by his Central American opposite numbers. The conceptual distinction is not confined to the English-speaking world. Some years ago, the National Ombudsman of Croatia visited Manchester.Web Development

Having described the challenges he faced upholding basic human rights in the war-torn Balkans, and having listened carefully to his interpreter’s account of the work of the ombudsman community here, he remarked in broken but sonorous English, “Then you are lyric and I am epic”, which made much the same point, albeit rather more poetically It is certainly difficult not to be humbled by the epic aspirations expressed at the Fourth Annual Congress of the Iberoamerican Ombudsman Federation, which met in Honduras last autumn.

Papers on topics such as The ombudsman and freedom of expression and The ombudsman as defender of children’s rights prefaced the reaffirmed conviction that “democracy and the rule of law are the form of social organisation that is best suited to the wellbeing of peoples and individuals, in an atmosphere of respect and full enforcement of human rights, active participation of civil society and improvement in the situation of vulnerable groups. Web Portal Design This, as befits the ombudsman concept in its local Iberoamerican variant of El Defensor del Pueblo, is lion-hunting with a vengeance.

Professor Hazel Genn’s important new book, Paths to Justice: what people do and think about going to law, published towards the end of 1999, offers a new and interesting perspective on the question of how far ombudsmen in this country can ever expect to be in the lion-hunting business. The book is a far-reaching study of the response of the public to what Professor Genn calls ‘justiciable problems’.