"How can institutional mechanisms safeguard for tomorrow, today?" - Conference

Past Event

21 October 2014, 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

This Conference is hosted by the Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations

Why is intergenerational equity not better reflected in our policies? Why do calls on policymakers to extend their concern beyond short-term election cycles tend to be ignored? On October 21, a year on from the release of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations' Report ‘Now for the Long Term’, the conference will examine these questions and options for better embedding a long-term perspective in our institutions.

Two sessions will evaluate innovative mechanisms and tools for re-orienting our practices towards the future. The effectiveness and legitimacy of various measures such as ombudspersons for future generations or improved reporting methods will be assessed by leading practitioners and theorists.


  • Professor Ian Goldin, Director, Oxford Martin School
  • Peter Davies, Wales’ Commissioner For Sustainable Future
  • Oras Tynkkynen, Vice-Chair, Finnish Committee for the Future
  • Catherine Pearce, Director Future Justice, World Future Council
  • Professor Simon Caney, Co-Director, Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations
  • Juliana Bidadanure, Political and Social Sciences Department, European University Institute, Florence
  • Professor Dr Dr Jörg Tremmel, Assistant Professor, Institute for Political Science, University of Tübingen
  • Dr Peter Lawrence, Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania

The conference is free and open to all and will be followed by a drinks reception

For any enquiries, please contact dominic.roser@law.ox.ac.uk