Sir William Dale Legislative Drafting Clinic

Although the role of legislative drafters in the drafting of effective legislation has been recognised by governments and NGOs around the world, the services of skilled professionals come at a cost. We invite governments and NGOs, whose limited resources do not allow them to seek assistance from professional drafters, to use the free services of the Sir William Dale Legislative Drafting Clinic.

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Our Mission

  • Purposes of the Clinic

To provide legislative drafting advice to clients ; and
To develop a forum for promote a rounded legal education combined with including practical legislative drafting skills.

  • Principles of the Clinic

Free services

  • Drafting Ethos

Plain language
Gender neutral drafting

  • Services of the Clinic

Drafting legislation, including Private Members' Bills
Drafting amendments to Bills
Advising on draft legislation
Advising on alternative legislative proposals
Undertaking pre and post legislative scrutiny

  • Our Clients

Governments with limited resources
Quasi and non-governmental organizations from around the world with limited resources
Parliamentarians with limited resources

  • Our work

The Clinic performs its functions with the voluntary assistance of selected members of the IALS' drafting community.
This includes: Staff, Fellows, Ph.D. candidates, students of the LL.M. students in Advanced Legislative Studies (both taught and via Distance Learning), and alumni of all IALS professional training programmes, including the Summer Course in Legislative Drafting.

  • Contacting the Clinic

The Clinic can be contacted by email at

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Page last updated: 16th February 2021