Importance of separation of powers to ensure effective governance highlighted at 2018 Commonwealth People’s Forum 

The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Small Branches, Hon. Angelo Farrugia, Speaker of the Parliament of Malta spoke about the importance of the separation of powers between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary to ensure effective governance and democracy at a workshop session at 2018 Commonwealth People’s Forum. The CPA Small Branches Chairperson also highlighted the CPA’s role in the establishment of the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles on the separation of powers and the CPA’s Recommended Benchmarks for Democratic Legislatures.

The CPA Small Branches Chairperson spoke at the panel session on the separation of powers alongside Lady Brenda Hale, President of the UK Supreme Court; Cheryl Dorall of the Commonwealth Journalists Association; and former judge, Keith Hollis of the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association (CMJA). Panellists examined the role of the separation of powers in the Commonwealth, its effectiveness in providing democratic governance and the role of civil society.

The CPA Small Branches Chairperson speaks about the 2018 Commonwealth People’s Forum – please click here to view the video.




The CPA was a partner in the establishment of the Commonwealth Latimer House Principles together with partners: the Commonwealth Secretariat, the CMJA, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and the Commonwealth Legal Education Association.

The Commonwealth People's Forum (CPF) 2018 was held ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018 and brought together civic voices from around the world to debate key issues facing Commonwealth people. The CPF is the single largest opportunity for civil society to engage with Commonwealth leaders on global development issues. 

For further information about the CHOGM 2018/Commonwealth Summit please visit www.chogm2018.org.uk.

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The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and associated Forums take place every two years in a different Commonwealth country.

Updated 26th April 2018.

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