Die Entstehung von Gesetzen in England und Wales - 10.1628/003372514X680362 - Mohr Siebeck

Jens M. Scherpe

Die Entstehung von Gesetzen in England und Wales

Jahrgang 78 () / Heft 2, S. 361-382 (22)

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The Process of Statute Making in England and Wales English statutory drafting has traditionally taken the position that the words »for the avoidance of doubt« should not appear in a statutory provision, because to do so implies that without it the words might generate doubt. This article addresses how the traditional approach to statutory drafting can and should continue in England. It first describes the »technical« side of the drafting of statutes in England, by looking in particular at the role of Parliamentary Counsel, bill teams and the Law Commission. Then it examines the interpretation of statutes and especially the roles that Parliamentary debates as recorded in Hansard, explanatory notes and Law Commission papers play in this. The article concludes that while the English system of legislative drafting might have been very effective in the past, this appears not to be the case anymore. The speed with which legislation needs to be drafted and the workload of the individuals involved means that this system in its current form might not be fit for the 21st century.

Jens M. Scherpe Geboren 1971; Ausbildung zum Bankkaufmann; Studium der Rechtswissenschaft in Berlin und Kopenhagen; 2002 Promotion; Wissenschaftlicher Referent am Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht, Hamburg.