Vice Dean Michael Peil and Judy Stark, the Associate Dean for Library and Information Services, have completed three days of lectures as part of a workshop on legislative drafting to the lawyers and civil servants responsible for composing the nation’s laws. They were joined at the podium by Dasho Tharchean of the Bhutan National Legal Institute, which hosted the Paro-based workshop.
In Bhutan, as in many “Westminster”-style parliamentary systems, much of the burden of legislative drafting falls to specialists within disparate government agencies. Dasho Tharchean conceived of the workshop as a means of bringing the nation’s legislative drafters together for a discussion of national and international best practices.
In addition to 30 drafting specialists from the government, the workshop was attended by several members of the JSW Law faculty, including senior lecturer Nima Dorji and junior lecturers Sonam Tshering, Kesang Wangmo, and Tshering Dolkar.
Topics presented included legal and legislative online research, the history of legislative process in Bhutan, elements of a legislative act, and elements of grammatical style.
Based upon the enthusiasm shown by the attendees, the law school expects that the workshop will be augmented by future “master classes” on legislative drafting, intended for the same or similar audiences.