A three-day workshop on legislative drafting for 35 legal professionals began at the conference hall of the Supreme Court on January 9.

Bhutan National Legal Institute (BNLI) is facilitating the workshop with training resources from M/s. White & Case, a law firm based in Singapore.

The participants discussed theories of legislation on how an effective and inclusive legislative process can improve the democratic process. They also discussed the dangers of poorly conceptualised legislation, and how properly planned legislative drafting could avoid problematic legislation.

Officials from BNLI said the workshop was aimed at bringing together the best drafting practices for better legislative structure, and to instill a coherent, consistent and common legislative drafting practice in the country.

“The workshop will enable Bhutanese legal professionals to understand the best practices of legislative drafting including reading and understanding the implications of legal instruments that are drafted and adopted,” BNLI officials said.

During the training, the participants with the help of case studies will discuss how comparative legal research could improve legislation, the drafting process, and the legislative interpretation in the context of legislative drafting.

Tshering Namgyal