About the workshop
Good quality legislation is understandable and accessible. Poor quality legislation is often neither and can incur heavy political, economic, social and environmental costs. This workshop aims to give an overview of the analytical skills required to convert policy into legislation, and of the ways in which legislation should be effectively drafted and structured.
Assuming the policy needs the backing of the law, it is important for policy-makers to understand what it is that the legislative drafter has to do and what he or she therefore needs to know. Such an understanding can considerably assist with the drafting of effective instructions and cut down the amount of time taken in meetings that might otherwise be used to clarify policies.
This workshop approaches the subject from two standpoints: from that of the policy-maker, who needs to understand what principal elements are involved in making effective policy, and from that of the legislative drafter, or parliamentary counsel, i.e. those who need to draft the resulting rules, or more specifically to ‘translate’ the policy. For drafters the task involves producing legislation that is not only readily understandable by those that are expected to comply with and administer it, but is also workable in practice and readily capable of being enforced.
You will hear from experts in the field and also have the opportunity to put the translation process into practice by undertaking written exercises. These will be assessed by the Workshop Director and the results will be examined, and suggestions for improvements made in structured feedback sessions.
Who is it for?
The workshop is designed mainly for senior public sector policy makers and those who need to instruct parliamentary counsel on the preparation of legislation needed to implement government policy. It is not assumed that participants will have had any legal training, but the workshop can also be useful for understanding this process by those that have. It can also serve as a reminder to people responsible for drafting legislation as to the context in which they need to operate.
How participants will benefit
The workshop will:
- Introduce you to the stages of the legislative process
- Enable you to employ the principles of good policy-making
- Explain how to analyse policy for the purposes of drafting legislation
- Help you to incorporate the principles of effective legislative expression
- Avoid jargon and use plain English in drafting legislation
- Enable you to apply skills in oral and written exercises in a practical way.
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