Legal Skills

DRAFTING AND INTERPRETATION OF LEGISLATION

Author: VCRAC

Crabbe First published in 1993, Crabbe on Legislative Drafting has become the best-known reference work on the practice of drafting legislation in Africa and further afield. The author, Professor Crabbe, has trained legislative draftsmen since 1974.

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Author: DT Adem

This book addresses the importance of a Plain English approach to legislative drafting. The book takes as its starting point the need for legislation to achieve communicate its purpose and provisions in simple and effective language. To that end, the author considers how legislative drafters can avoid legalese whilst also improving grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and the layout of legislation. The book highlights common mistakes or misuse of words, and offers a fifteen drafting exercises to help the reader develop a best practice, Plain English approach to legislative drafting.

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Published 2010

Author: DT Adem

This definitive guide to legislative drafting is the product of the author’s vast experience as a legislative draftsman in the Directorate of Legal Services of the Nigerian National Assembly. Mr Adem examines the resources and techniques that can bring about an improvement in the quality of legislative drafting, particularly in terms of its clarity and comprehensibility.

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Author: DT Adem

This book offers an introduction to modern legislative drafting devices, techniques and technical aids. Drawing on the author’s own knowledge, and influences from various jurisdictions, the book examines best practice in areas such as the use of definitions, mathematical formulae, and the use of verbal examples, diagrams or charts to illustrate legislative provisions.

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Published 2013



Author: DT Adem

This book is a compilation of some of the many papers presented by the author on topical legislative drafting issues.

It provides useful insight into the style and practices used in drafting Government Bills and subsidiary legislation. It is informative and practical and explains drafting styles and practices in general terms. It provides valuable guidelines on drafting issues from the arrangement of provisions to writing in plain language, illustrating them with examples and exercises.

The topics discussed will be of considerable benefit to legislative drafters, judges, legal practitioners, students and researchers in legislative drafting.

Due 2015

Author: DT Adem

This handbook offers legislative drafters, law-makers and practitioners with an interest in Administrative Law, a helpful guide to the process of drafting and passing legislation. Taking the Nigerian legislative process as an example, but also making reference to the practice in other Commonwealth states, the book discusses the different types of Bill that may be introduced to the National Assembly, the drafting and analysis of Bills, and the powers and procedures that govern the passage of Bills through the legislature.

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