European Journal of Law Reform


The Contribution of Thornton’s Five Stages of the Drafting Process to the Rule of Law in the Commonwealth Caribbean

Keywords drafting process, rule of law, Thornton
Authors Shaquille K. Newton
Author's information

Shaquille K. Newton
Shaquille K. Newton, LL.B. (Hons) LL.M. (UWI), LL.M. (London), LEC (HWLS), Attorney-at-Law, email: He is employed as Legislative State Counsel in the Office of the Attorney General of Barbados and was awarded the LL.M. in Drafting Legislation, Regulation and Policy with Distinction from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. The views and opinions contained in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of any entity which they represent.
  • Abstract

      The rule of law is a universally accepted concept. While the rule of law is indeterminate in nature as a concept, it is now possible to identify accepted principles of the rule of law. This article argues that the use of and adherence to Grant Thornton’s five stages of the drafting process in drafting legislations promotes and safeguards many accepted principles of the rule of law in the Commonwealth Caribbean.

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