Drafting Legislation sets out to prove Sir William Dale's doctrine that the rules for drafting good quality legislation are the same in common and civil systems of law. Legislative solutions can therefore serve the drafter, the judge and the practitioner of any jurisdiction. The book discusses the general issue of quality in legislation from the legislative process to the actual drafting interpretation and enforcement. It also analyzes topics related to quality in legislation such as clarity, precision and disambiguity, plain language and gender-neutral language and assesses whether Sir William's view of universality in the definition and elements of quality in legislation is right or not. The volume is of critical interest to students and scholars of European law and the philosophy and theory of law.
'This book contains a wide range of essays on legislation and its drafting. It is written in honour of the memory of Sir William Dale, who did much to encourage debate in this area. The book continues the debate in a stimulating manner. It is a fitting tribute to him.' Sir Geoffrey Bowman KCB QC, First Parliamentary Counsel, London, 2002-06 'This book, ranging widely and containing so many good things, is a worthy tribute to Sir William Dale and an important addition to the literature on legislation - and perhaps even on logistics.' Public Law