About the workshop
The drafting of legislation is one of the most important functions in a modern state. It is crucial that the law is as fair, accessible, workable and cost-effective as possible. This workshop aims to familiarise you with the necessary principles in a hands-on way by undergoing a concentrated series of classroom drafting workshop sessions that approach the subject in a new and entirely practical way which will enable you to practise drafting legislation in a supervised environment and set you on the right road.
What the workshop will cover
The workshop will explore practical ways in which to undertake and improve the drafting of legislation. You will have the opportunity both to improve pre-drafted texts to make them more readily comprehensible and to create new legislation from instructions given. The workshop will mainly involve classroom sessions in which you will undertake both individual and group work, and there will also be opportunities for discussion, evaluation, self-criticism and redrafting.
How participants will benefit
The workshop will:
• Introduce you to the essential characteristics of good legislative drafting
• Familiarise you with the way drafters need to use language to maintain consistency
• Explain the importance of using plain everyday language in drafting so far as is possible
• Enable you to understand some of the potential difficulties relating to the use of common words
• Help you to identify areas of drafting in your own jurisdiction which can be improved upon
• Make you more likely to be able to assist meaningfully in the process of amending and updating statute law that in modern times is vital to any jurisdiction.