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Legislative Drafting Course 2017


Course Information

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The Course in Legislative Drafting was first offered in 1964, under the name of “The Government Legal Advisers Course”. Since then it has been attended by more than 5,000 legal officials from 100 countries, mostly from within the Commonwealth. Many of these officers have attained posts of great distinction either in the service of their Governments or in international organisations. From its modest beginnings in the 1960s, the Course in Legislative Drafting has grown to become the most renowned training programme in legislative drafting. Since 1998 the course is offered under the auspices of the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London. The host institution follows, and is audited on the basis of, the UK’s framework for academic quality assurance in all its programmes of study. Emphasis is placed on the quality of its lecturers, coherence in structure, encouragement of participation, an academic (rather than commercial) approach to learning, regular review of courses, and post hoc monitoring through regular feedback

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Course Dates

26th June 2017 – 21st July 2017

Places Available

Course Description

The aim of the course is to empower, rather than prescribe, national drafters to apply best international drafting practices to their own legal system reflecting their own political, cultural, and social intricacies.

The programme promotes best practices in statutory drafting, as exemplified in the work of Sir William Dale, Professor Helen Xanthaki, and Dr Constantin Stefanou. Central to the programme is the belief that barriers between “developed” and “transitional” jurisdictions, between common and civil law traditions, between continents and countries are overrated: all drafters can learn from the experience of others provided that lessons learnt serve the same functionality test, and are subsequently naturalised in the context of national eccentricities. The rich multi-cultural, multi-lingual, and multi-jurisdictional tradition of the Course as a learning environment enriches drafters with innovative solutions, and a unique preview of the insight of others who have already applied and reviewed them.

The Course is suitable for both experienced and inexperienced drafters.

PLACES ON THIS COURSE ARE BY APPLICATION ONLY.  Students MUST have their application approved by the Course Director before making payment of the course fee.   

Further information, the course brochure and application are available on the course website: http://ials.sas.ac.uk/study/courses/legislative-drafting-course  

  • Fees: 
  • Tuition Fees and Textbooks Only:  £5,250, or 
  • The Package:  Tuition Fees, Accommodation and Meals:  £6,700.

The Package includes fees, accommodation, breakfast and dinner in a single room with shared facilities from Sunday 25 June until Saturday 22 July [inclusive] only, at the International Hall of Residence of the University of London. Additional accommodation outside these dates must be made by participant with, and paid directly to, International Hall.  Note: participants arranging their own independent accommodation, should pay the Tuition Fees Only option.