IOI History

In order to commemorate the 40th anniversary of its foundation in 1978, the IOI decided to embark on a publication project and commissioned Professor Richard Carver, Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and Governance at Oxford Brooks University, with the task of writing a “History of the IOI”.

The intention of this publication is to portray the history of the IOI and its development in the wider historical context of Ombudsmanship. It incorporates personal narratives, interviews with key personalities and photographs, which makes the book a vivid and lively assessment of the IOI’s genealogy and an interesting and stimulating read.

Mr Carver started his research in the second quarter of 2016. Based upon thorough research in the Vienna archives and interviews with former IOI officials with experience covering the period from the founding of the organization in 1978 to the years after the transfer of the General Secretariat in 2009, he has written a lucid account of the growth of the International Ombudsman Institute.

Carver's book “A Mission to Justice – The International Ombudsman Institute 1978-2018” is essential reading for all who are concerned about human rights and the fair administration of government. It was officially launched on 30 April 2018 at the United Nations in New York.

Richard Carver's book on “A Mission to Justice – The International Ombudsman Institute 1978-2018” will be made available to IOI members in the member area of the IOI website. Print copies can be purchased from the IOI; to do so, please get in touch with the IOI General Secretariat.