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The Drafter’s Tasks

  • Virgilio Zapatero Gómez
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Part of the Legisprudence Library book series (LEGIS, volume 6)

Abstract

Professionals and theorists usually disaggregate the process of drafting normative texts into five distinct phases: definition of the norm objectives (goal-setting), analysis of objectives, text planning, text writing, and draft revision. Among the skills demanded from the drafter, the mastery of language in general cannot be sufficiently underlined. The mastery of language is necessary, above all, to avoid ambiguity in norms as much as possible, but also to make use of the vagueness of language, for it allows to prevent the excess of detail in the text. Vagueness is relatively manageable through the use of definitions, which are an increasingly utilised instrument. The greatest difficulties arise when the drafter does not control the precise level of vagueness in a text and falls into one of the two great traps of legal language: hypervagueness or hyper-inclusion. Legal language that is too vague can originate a real unwanted “delegation” of legislative power to judges and courts. This chapter also analyses the two main styles of drafting (Anglo-Saxon and continental), and discusses their respective advantages and disadvantages.

Keywords

Legal drafting Stages of legislative drafting Legal language Ambiguity Vagueness Definitions Delegation Clarity Precision Legislative styles 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Virgilio Zapatero Gómez
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  1. 1.Facultad de DerechoUniversidad de Alcalá de HenaresAlcalá de HenaresSpain

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