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Legislative Techniques in Rwanda

Present and Future

Journal European Journal of Law Reform, Issue 3 2013
Keywords legislative drafting, law-making, drafting techniques, Rwanda, quality of legislation
Authors Helen Xanthaki
AbstractAuthor's information

    This report is the result of the collective work of 26 Rwandan civil servants from a number of ministries, who set out to offer the Ministry of Justice a report on legislative drafting in Rwanda. The work was undertaken under the umbrella of the Diploma in Legislative Drafting offered by the Institute for Legal Professional Development (ILPD) in Nyanza under the rectorship of Prof. Nick Johnson. The authors have used their experience of practising drafting in Rwanda, but have contributed to the report in their personal capacity: their views are personal and do not reflect those of the Government of Rwanda.
    My only contribution was the identification of topics, which follows the well-established structure of manuals and textbooks in drafting; the division of the report into two parts: Part 1 on the legislative process and Part 2 on drafting techniques; and the methodology of each individual entry to our report: what is current Rwandan practice, what are international standards, what is the future of Rwanda, and a short bibliography to allow the readers and users of the report to read further, if needed.
    The strength of this report lies both in the methodology used and in the content offered. The breakdown of topics, their prioritization and their sequence allow the reader to acquire a holistic view on how legislation is drafted in Rwanda, but there is nothing to prevent its use in the context of surveys on legislative drafting and legislative quality in other jurisdictions. The content offers a unique insight into the legislative efforts of a jurisdiction in transition from civil to common law: both styles are assessed without prejudice, thus offering a unique fertile ground for critical assessment and practical impact analysis.
    June 2013


Helen Xanthaki
Senior Lecturer and Academic Director, Centre for Legislative Studies, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Lawyer (Athens Bar).
Editorial

Editorial

Journal European Journal of Law Reform, Issue 3 2013
Authors Cherie Booth and Helen Xanthaki
Author's information

Cherie Booth
Cherie Booth, QC, is a leading barrister specialising in public law, human rights, employment and European Community law, arbitration and mediation.

Helen Xanthaki
Professor Helan Xanthaki is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (School of Advanced Study, University of London), and the Academic Director of the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies there.

Dr. Helen Xanthaki
Senior Lecturer and Academic Director, Centre for Legislative Studies, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Lawyer (Athens Bar).

Alexandra Xanthaki
Lecturer, Department of Law, Keele University.

Helen Xanthaki
Dr Helen Xanthaki, LLB (Athens), MJur (Dunelm), PhD (Dunelm), is a Senior Research Fellow and the Academic Director of the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London.

Helen Xanthaki
Dr. Helen Xanthaki is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, and the Academic Director of the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies. I would like to thank Prof. Rosa Maria Greaves, Prof. Janet Dine, Prof. Alessandro Pizzorusso, Ms. Holly Cullen and Dr. Constantin Stefanou for their valuable comments on earlier drafts of this paper. Remaining inadequacies can of course only be attributed to the author.

Helen Xanthaki
Editorial Board Member. Senior Lecturer and Academic Director, Centre for Legislative Studies, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Helen Xanthaki
Senior Lecturer and Academic Director Centre for Legislative Studies, IALS

Helen Xanthaki
Senior Lecturer and Academic Director, Centre for Legislative Studies, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Helen Xanthaki
Senior Lecturer and Academic Director Centre for Legislative Studies, IALS

Helen Xanthaki
Senior Lecturer and Academic Director Centre for Legislative Studies, IALS

Helen Xanthaki
Senior Lecturer and Academic Director, Centre for Legislative Studies, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London; Lawyer (Athens’ Bar).

Helen Xanthaki
Senior Lecturer and Academic Director Centre for Legislative Studies, IALS

Helen Xanthaki
Senior Lecturer and Academic Director, Centre for Legislative Studies, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London; Lawyer (Athens' Bar).
Article

Mutual Recognition in Criminal Matters in Cyprus

Journal European Journal of Law Reform, Issue 1 2009
Authors Theodora Christou, Eleni Kouzoupi and Helen Xanthaki
Author's information

Theodora Christou
European Cross Border Justice Project Manager, The AIRE Centre.

Eleni Kouzoupi
Counsel of the Republic, Law Office of the Republic of Cyprus. The views presented in this chapter are personal and can only be attributed to the author in her personal capacity. They do not reflect, express or bind the views of the Republic of Cyprus.

Helen Xanthaki
Senior Lecturer and Academic Director, Centre for Legislative Studies, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Lawyer (Athens Bar).

Dr. Helen Xanthaki

Helen Xanthaki
Dr. Helen Xanthaki, LL.B. (Athens), M.Jur., Ph.D. (Dunelm) is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Director of the Sir William Centre for Legislative Studies, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. The author expresses gratitude to Prof. Panos Koutrakos, University of Bristol, and Dr. Valsamis Mitsilegas, Queen Mary College, University of London, for their comments on drafts of this paper. Of course all inaccuracies and errors must be attributed solely to the author.

Helen Xanthaki
Senior Lecturer and Academic Director Centre for Legislative Studies, IALS

Helen Xanthaki
Senior Lecturer and Academic Director Centre for Legislative Studies, IALS
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