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Legislative drafting workshop programme 26 May 2014 in English


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The purpose of the workshop is to initiate discussions within the Government of Montenegro about how the quality of legislation can be improved and how capacities in legislative drafting can be developed in officials in the Public Service in Montenegro by reference to experiences in other countries.

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Legislative drafting workshop programme 26 May 2014 in English

  1. 1. 2 Rue André Pascal 75775 Paris Cedex 16 France Tel: +33 (0) 1 45 24 82 00 Fax: +33 (0) 1 45 24 13 05 This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OECD and its member countries or of beneficiary countries participating in the SIGMA Programme. This document and any map included herein are without prejudice to the status of or sovereignty over any territory, to the delimitation of international frontiers and boundaries and to the name of any territory, city or area. Workshop Building Capacities for Legislative Drafting Monday 26 May 2014 Hotel Podgorica Purpose of Workshop The purpose of the Workshop is to initiate discussions in Montenegro about how the quality of legislation can be improved and how capacities in legislative drafting can be developed in officials in the Public Service in Montenegro by reference to experiences elsewhere. Time Activity, Objective & Speaker 09.00–09.30 Registration of participants 09.30–09.40 Introduction and Welcome Welcome participants and outline objectives for the day Chairperson: Mr Edward Donelan, SIGMA, OECD 09.40–10.00 Presentation on the ‘Challenge of Continuous Improvement in Legislative Drafting’. This presentation will outline developments in techniques for improving the quality of legislation in EU and OECD countries and assess future trends globally to improve the quality of legislation. Mr Edward Donelan 10.00–10.20 Presentation on different approaches adopted in EU and OECD countries to the challenge of Building Capacities in Legislative Drafting. This presentation will explain different approach to training lawyers to draft legislation and will outline what should be in a training programme for legislative drafters. Professor St John Bates
  2. 2. 2 Time Activity, Objective & Speaker 10.20–11.00 Presentation on the use of Manuals as a means to build capacities in legislative drafting. This presentation will describe the experience of the European Commission of drafting a manual of legislative drafting. Mr William Robinson 11.00–11.30 Coffee break 11.30–12.00 Presentation on the development of legislative drafting in Slovenia. This presentation will describe the experience of Slovenia in the development of legislative drafting capacities and the process for legislative drafting in that country. Ms Petra Mundy 12.00–12.30 Questions and discussions 12.30–14.00 Lunch 14.00–15.15 Breakout groups The participants will be divided into three groups and each will be asked to address a series of questions:  What does the term “good quality legislation” mean in Montenegro?  Of the ideas outlined by international experts, which would be of relevance in Montenegro?  What are the main challenges to drafting legislation in Montenegro? Each of the speakers will appoint a chair for their respective breakout sessions and appoint a speaker to make a summary presentation of the discussions in the group. 14.15–15.45 Presentation by each breakout group Speaker as selected by each group 15.45–16.00 Summary by chairperson of issues raised Mr Edward Donelan 16.00–16.30 Coffee break 16.30–17.00 Discussion of conclusions and next steps.
  3. 3. 3 Presenters: Mr Edward Donelan is a barrister qualified in England and Ireland with 25 years’ experience of legislative drafting and work in 23 countries providing technical assistance to countries building capacities in legislative drafting and author of a number of reports and articles on regulatory management and related issues. Professor St John Bates is a former Clerk of the Parliament in the Isle of Man, manages a consultancy established in 2001, with its head office in the Isle of Man and a presence in London and Brussels, which has a wide range of public and private sector clients and an international reputation in providing these services. He also teaches a course on legislation in the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, and was for 25 years editor of the Statute Law Review, the leading journal on legislation in the world. Mr William Robinson is an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London and has worked as a legal adviser in both the European Commission and the European Court of Justice. Ms Petra Mundy is the Public Information Officer in the Office for Legislation, Government of the Republic of Slovenia. That Office is responsible for the quality of drafting of legislation. It intervenes at all stages of adopting each legal act to ensure that legislative proposals and adopted acts are clear and precise and comply with the rules as to form.