E-learning courses

In addition to peer-to-peer parliamentary strengthening operations and the promotion of inter-parliamentary cooperation, INTER PARES continuously develops knowledge on parliamentary development and provides online learning opportunities, hosted on the AGORA Portal for Parliamentary Development.

The INTER PARES e-learning package comprises six core courses on: legislative drafting; comparative law-making; oversight; representation; budgeting and committee work; as well as three specialised courses on environmental protection and climate change, gender and youth.

The courses are widely available and do not require prior knowledge.

In addition to the courses, INTER PARES partner parliaments can benefit from tailored feedback opportunities and individual certificates of completion for participants.

You will see below details on the already available e-learning courses.

Parliamentary oversight
Written by Dr Olivier Rozenberg.

This course explores why we practice parliamentary oversight, what parliamentary oversight is and is not, and how parliamentary oversight is carried out in modern parliaments.


Environmental protection and climate change
Written by former Member of Parliament Dr Kennedy Graham (New Zealand).

This course illustrates how parliaments and parliamentary staff around the globe are addressing environmental protection and climate change questions.


Legislative drafting
Written by Professor Helen Xanthaki and colleagues.

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to modern drafting practices. It places legislation within the context of regulation, defines law-making and legislative drafting, and explores what elements make a good piece of legislation.


Comparative law-making
Written by Professor Nicola Lupo.

This course places law-making in historical perspective, anchoring core law-making principles across different systems of government. The course explores emerging trends and captures how parliamentary practice in this field continues to evolve.


Written by Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the politics of representation. The course explores the key societal changes that have affected representation in recent decades and the role played by modern parliaments in representation.


Introduction to Parliaments and the Budget Process
Written by Dr Kristen Heim

This course traces the budget cycle, addressing the role of Members and staff at each stage.  Through detailed case studies and video-guided exercises, it offers an engaging mix of comparative procedure and practice.  

The Role of Parliament in Achieving Gender Equality
Written by Dr Sonia Palmieri

This course explores why and how to build gender sensitive parliaments. Rich in case studies, it sketches the international framework for action and outlines opportunities for shaping contextually-appropriate parliamentary processes and norms.