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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Ombudsperson

Alberta Fabbricotti, Chiara Venturini

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 26 October 2020

Subject(s):
Minorities — Children, rights — International organizations, practice and procedure — Peace keeping

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The word ‘ombudsperson’ is used in the English language as a gender neutral synonym of ‘ombudsman’. Originally a Swedish word, the term ‘ombudsman’ means ‘representative’ or ‘proxy’. Although the national legal systems that have introduced equivalent institutions use quite different terminologies (eg Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, Médiateur de la République, Protecteur du Citoyen, Volksanwaltschaft, Defensor del Pueblo, Difensore Civico), the doctrine almost unanimously employs the original Scandinavian denomination, or ‘ombudsperson’ or even...
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