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Drafting Legislation

A Modern Approach, 1st Edition

By Constantin Stefanou

Edited by Helen Xanthaki


352 pages

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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

About the Author/Editor

Dr Constantin Stefanou and Dr Helen Xanthaki are Senior Lecturers at the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies and Directors of the LLM in Advanced Legislative Studies at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. Dr Xanthaki is a member of the Board of the Statute Law Society. Dr Stefanou and Dr Xanthaki have extensive experience in researching and teaching aspects of legislative studies and legislative drafting. Both have published widely on this and related topics. They consult governments and international organizations on aspects of legislative drafting and the legislative process and have worked for the European Commission, the European Parliament, the governments of Bulgaria, Cyprus, Kossovo, Bosnia, Greece and Ukraine.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Jurisprudence