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Law-Making and Legislative Drafting

Course Ref: LAW.2

Course Subject: Law

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Who should attend?

  • Departmental Policy makers in the public service
  • Senior Managers and Government personnel responsible for turning policy into legislation
  • Officials who instruct Parliamentary draftsmen
  • Members of parliament, senators, assembly members,
  • Legal advisors and practitioners from both public and private sectors
  • Corporate advisors concerned with influencing the creation of new legislation
  • Public affairs professionals

Course objectives

  • To identify the role of law in solving policy challenges
  • To influence the development of policy through legal innovation
  • To overcome obstacles to turning policy into legislation
  • To understand the process of making new laws
  • To contribute to the drafting of new legislation
  • To practice their legislative drafting skills
  • To prepare instructions for professional draftsmen

Course content

Introduction to Law-Making

  • Sources and Origins of Law
  • Types of Law
  • The Common Law system
  • Continental legal systems and the Napoleonic Code
  • Law and the constitution
  • Key legal principles examined from English criminal law, law of torts, contract law

The Law Makers – Government Systems Compared

  • Institutions of government
  • Separation of powers
  • Role of the Judiciary
  • How the Legislature functions
  • The Westminster model
  • The presidential system
  • Scrutiny of the Law Makers

Effective Policy Making

  • What is policy?
  • Sources of policy
  • Role and responsibilities in policy making
  • Setting policy priorities
  • The process of turning policy into new laws
  • Gaining buy-in to legal change

The Law-Making Process

  • From policy to the draft Bill
  • Who does what in making legislation?
  • Stages of the process
  • Legislative timetables
  • Assessing regulatory impact
  • How the Bill team functions

Getting Results with Law-Making

  • Constraints on the process of making laws
  • Amending and developing the law
  • Compliance and enforcement
  • Avoidance and evasion
  • Is legal compliance voluntary?

Legislative Instruments Under the Microscope

  • Types of legislation
  • Primary and secondary legislation
  • Dissecting a statute
  • Structure and elements of an Act of Parliament
  • Assembling the machinery of an Act
  • Problems with how laws work

Drafting Legislation

  • Principles of drafting
  • Alternative approaches
  • Planning your draft
  • Writing for the reader
  • Using plain English
  • Dos and Don’ts in drafting
  • Writing instructions for the parliamentary draftsman

Stakeholder Participation in Law-Making

  • The need for involvement
  • Formal and informal consultation
  • Consultation processes
  • The draft Bill and consultation
  • Ethical lobbying
  • The role of the public affairs professional

Turning Policy into Practice

  • Why do some laws fail to achieve their objectives?
  • Effective and ineffective law making
  • Education, communication and legal effectiveness
  • The challenge of over-complex laws
  • How to address legal effectiveness issues
  • Alternatives to law making – nudge theory