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Law-Making and Legislative Drafting

Course Information:

Online 20 hours Flexi-date£2,500.00
In-House Agreed with client FlexiblePOA
London 10 days 24-Jan£5,900.00
London 10 days 12-Sep£5,900.00


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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



    • Identify the role of law in solving policy challenges
    • Influence the development of policy through legal innovation
    • Overcome obstacles to turning policy into legislation
    • Follow a structured process of making new laws
    • Contribute to the drafting of new legislation
    • Practice their legislative drafting skills
    • Prepare instructions for professional draftsmen


    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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?

    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

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