ONE day training course on LEGISLATIVE DRAFTING (Techniques and Practice) by SOL

The School of Law – Lahore is offering a ONE day training course on LEGISLATIVE DRAFTING (Techniques and Practice) on 28th Nov, 2015


Trainer: Barrister RONAN CORMACIAN

A qualified barrister, Ronan Cormacain has been a legislative drafter for 14 years. He has drafted and advised on legislation on a wide range of subjects for a variety of clients. These include governments, backbenchers, law commissions charities and commercial organisations. He has worked in the following jurisdictions: Northern Ireland, Wales, England, the Falkland Islands, the Channel Islands and Azerbaijan.

He has masters degrees (both at Distinction level) from Queen’s University Belfast and the University of London. He is a guest lecturer at the University of London, lecturing on the LLM in Advanced Legislative Studies and the Summer Course in Legislative Drafting. He also runs workshops for drafters and civil servants on legislation and drafting. He has published several articles on the field of legislation and legislative drafting, most recently in Statute Law Review, Commonwealth Law Bulletin, The Loophole, Theory and Practice of Legislation, European Journal of Law Reform, and the Web Journal of Current Legal Issues.

He is working on his PhD on legislative drafting and the rule of law and is one of the directors at the Sir William Dale Legislative Drafting Clinic, based at the University of London. The Clinic provides drafting advice to those in need of it, as well as training in legislative drafting to drafters from around the world.


The purpose of the Training is to provide the participants with:

  1. An overview of legislative drafting globally and the characteristics of good and bad quality legislation,
  2. An understanding of the techniques and processes used in the drafting of legislation,
  3. An overview of the use of language, grammar and punctuation in legislation and the challenges of using precise and clear language to achieve the policy outcomes intended,
  4. An explanation of the structure of legislation and how its objectives are achieved,
  5. Insights into Amending legislation, Codification and statute law revision,
  6. Statutory Interpretation,
  7. An understanding of the difference between primary and secondary legislation and the principles and policies to be applied in the use of secondary legislation,
  8. An opportunity to undertake a short drafting exercise and understand the challenges of drafting legislation and understand issues of statutory interpretation.


The Training Shall Have Four Sessions:

Session 1 – Quality in Legislation
Four key questions will be addressed. 1. What is legislation? 2. What are the principles for determining good quality legislation (referring to Xanthaki’s functional approach). 3. What inputs are necessary for good quality legislation? 4. Who is legislation for?

Session 2 – Plain language drafting
Plain language is regarded as one of the criteria for quality in legislation. The main component of this session will be an in depth look at many plain language techniques.

Session 3 – Gender neutral drafting
Most countries around the world have adopted gender neutral drafting. We will examine the rationale behind it as well as looking at the standard arguments against it. The main component of this session will examine the various gender neutral drafting techniques.

Session 4 – The practicalities of drafting
This session will examine how legislation is drafted in practice, from the policy stage through to the drafting stage and then to the parliamentary stage. It will look at Thornton’s five stages of the drafting process, the iterative nature of drafting, the preparation of instructions, the role of the drafter, and drafting and the rule of law.


Learning Methods:

Three learning methods will be used. Firstly, traditional didactic lectures. Secondly, less formal seminars with participation sought from learners. Thirdly, practical drafting exercises carried out by the learners.


Outcome from the Training:

  1. Participants should have a good understanding of the criteria for good quality legislation and should have developed a sense of where problems arise with badly drafted legislation.
  2. Participants will have a broad understanding of the challenge of drafting good legislation and how to develop their drafting and interpretation skills.





Fee Structure and Registration:


  • General fee: Rs. 10,000.00 per delegate (group of 5 delegates: Rs. 40,000)
  • Law Students: Rs. 5000.00 per delegate
  • Lunch and refreshments included.


For more information visit: http://sol.org.pk/legislative-drafting
For further enquiry and registration, please drop an email at [email protected]

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Author: School of Law SOL

School of Law is the leading academic institution in Lahore offering quality legal education at par with the international standards. Unlike other law colleges in Pakistan, the School of Law, where it provides legal education for the future lawyers, it also offers training courses and workshops for continuing professional development of the practising lawyers in Pakistan. We take pride in having a faculty of eminent and learned former judges of the superior courts and prominent lawyers who have practicing experience in different jurisdictions around the world. We have also gathered multifarious modes of learning at the School of Law to facilitate the learning experience of our students and also to enhance their interest in this esteemed profession. We offer a complete international educational experience to our students with opportunities ranging from research, advocacy training and drafting skills to international conferences, online learning environment and networking opportunities with industry experts and legal counsels.