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Core Issues in Regulatory & Risk-Control Practice

Core Issues in Regulatory & Risk-Control Practice

Gain expert insights on the core issues in regulatory & risk-control practice


This 4-day seminar presents a coherent, broad, and content-rich introduction to the challenges of regulatory practice.

The CIRRP seminar covers fundamental questions in regulatory design as well as examining specific contemporary puzzles currently demanding attention from Australasian regulatory bodies. It thus provides a suitable orientation for newcomers to the regulatory business, appropriate for practitioners at any rank—from the front line to the Boardroom, and every level of management in between. It also offers seasoned regulatory professionals an opportunity to examine the broad array of possibilities in terms of regulatory strategy and practice, and to use that richer picture as backdrop for reflecting on their own past experience and considering their future aspirations and plans.


Professor Malcolm K Sparrow


Core Issues in Regulatory & Risk-Control Practice


Malcolm K Sparrow is a leading international expert in regulatory and enforcement strategy, security and risk control. Malcolm is the Professor of the Practice of Public Management at Harvard’s John F Kennedy School of Government and he is Faculty Chair of the school’s executive program “Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies.”

Professor Sparrow served 10 years with the British Police Service, rising to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. He has conducted internal affairs investigations, commanded a tactical firearms unit, and has extensive experience with criminal investigation. His research interests include regulatory and enforcement strategy, fraud control, corruption control, and operational risk management. He is also a patent-holding inventor, and dead serious at tennis.


Attend and learn


    • The relationship between compliance management and risk-control objectives
    • What it means to be a “risk-based regulator”
    • Four different types of work—functional work, process-based work, problem-based work, and crisis response—and how they all fit together
    • Different forms of discretion that are exercised by regulators
    • The role that values play in governing regulatory decision-making
    • Defining and measuring success – The evolving nature of the regulatory performance account
    • Alternative regulatory structures
    • How to determine which parts of the risk-management task can safely be delegated to industry or to third parties, and under what circumstances
    • Engaging partnerships with diverse stakeholder groups without compromising their regulatory missions
    • Special (“Wicked”) classes of Harms which complicate the task of controlling them
    • How professional regulators can respond constructively to “de-regulatory” pressures
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