A 5-day online dialogue on legislative drafting took place from Monday 3 August to Friday 7 August, as part of the INTER PARES | Parliaments in Partnership - EU Global Project to Strengthen the Capacity of Parliaments partnership with the Parliament of Bhutan.
The hybrid seminar, the first of its kind organised with the Parliament of Bhutan, was opened by the Secretary General of the National Assembly of Bhutan, the Chargé d'affaires of the European Union Delegation to India and Bhutan, the Project Manager for INTER PARES on behalf of the European Commission, and the Head of Programme at INTER PARES.
The seminar included two parts each day: theoretical two-hour sessions led by Dr Prof Helen Xanthaki, one of the world’s leading scholars and teachers on parliamentary drafting, and one-hour practitioner-led sessions. We were delighted to welcome parliamentary experts from the Council of the European Union, the Parliaments of the Czech Republic, Greece, Ireland, Poland, and Slovakia.
During the 5 days, the participants had an opportunity to discuss topics such as
- Legislation as a tool for regulation: better regulation and alternative means of regulation
- Legislative quality, including effectiveness, clarity, precision, unambiguity, easification, and gender inclusivity
- Amending legislation
- Delegated legislation
- Scrutiny of legislative proposals
The seminar gathered 60 MPs and staff from the Parliament of Bhutan at the Institute for Management Studies (IMS) in Thimphu in Bhutan, with the required COVID-19 safety measures in place. All other participants and parliamentary experts joined online via the WebEx platform.
The INTER PARES Partnership with the Parliament of Bhutan continues its programming and activities remotely at this time and we will update our partnership page as we progress in the next few months.