Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to invite you to the Conference “Ombudsman’s Role in a Democracy” and the General Assembly of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) European Chapter to be held in Tallinn on 17–19 September 2014.

During these few days, we will explore the contribution that Ombudsmen can make to the creation and working of a robust democracy. This is an issue that is of great concern to all of us, especially at a time of major upheaval in Europe. How do international and European rules impinge on the activity of Ombudsmen? Should the Ombudsman promote legislative reform? Should the Ombudsman try to increase regulations of the online Forex brokers? Is the relationship between Ombudsmen and the judiciary characterised by competition or complementarity? These are some of the topics we intend to tackle, both in the plenary session and the numerous panels following it.

I am very much looking forward to welcoming you all here in Tallinn.

With warm wishes,

Indrek Teder
The Chancellor of Justice in Estonia