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International Ombudsman Institute

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International Ombudsman Institute
TypeInternational organisation
PurposeCooperation of independent Ombudsman institutions
HeadquartersVienna, Austria
Region served
200+ institutions
Official language
English, French, Spanish
Chris Field
Main organ
Board of Directors

The International Ombudsman Institute (IOI), established in 1978, is the only global organisation for the cooperation of more than 200 independent Ombudsman institutions operating on a local, regional and national level from more than 100 countries worldwide. The Ombudsman of Western Australia,[1] Chris Field, is the current President[2] of the IOI since May 2021. Werner Amon, Chair of the Austrian Ombudsman Board, is the IOI's Secretary General since July 2019.

The role of Ombudsman institutions is to protect the people against the violation of rights, abuse of powers, unfair decisions and maladministration. They play an increasingly important role in improving public administration while making the government's actions more open and its administration more accountable to the public.[3]

In its effort to focus on good governance and capacity building, the IOI supports its members in a threefold way: training, research and regional subsidies for projects. The IOI is organised in six regional chapters (Africa, Asia, Australasia & Pacific, Europe, the Caribbean & Latin America and North America) and has three working languages (English, French and Spanish).

The General Secretariat is located in Vienna (Austria) and is run by the Austrian Ombudsman Board (Volksanwaltschaft) since 2009.


  • Ulf Lundvik [sv], Sweden, 1984
  • Bernard Frank, United States, 1985–
  • Stephen Owen, Canada, 1990
  • Sir John Robertson, New Zealand, 1992–1994
  • Jorge Maiorano, Argentina
  • Marten Oosting [nl], Netherlands, −1999
  • Sir Brian Elwood, New Zealand, 1999–2002
  • Clare Lewis, 2002–2004
  • Bill Angrick, United States, 2004–2010
  • Mats Melin [sv], Sweden, President in 2010
  • Dame Beverley Wakem, New Zealand, November 2010 – October 2014
  • John Walters, Namibia, October 2014 – November 2016[4]
  • Peter Tyndall, Ireland, November 2016 – May 2021
  • Chris Field, Australia, May 2021 – present


  1. ^ "Ombudsman WA Home". Retrieved 2021-11-29.
  2. ^ "Movers & shakers: Australian to lead global ombud body for first time". The Mandarin. 2021-05-27. Retrieved 2021-11-29.
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  4. ^ Kambaekwa, Carlos (26 June 2020). "Tales of the legends - The oval ball chasing legal guru. The unknown side of Namibia's Ombudsman Adv. John Walters". New Era.
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