This practical and career-enhancing course, presented by two specialists in the field, provides people involved in the drafting of legislation with essential theoretical and practical knowledge and skills.
Legislative drafting is a field of law not dealt with extensively in an LLB, nor is it usually explored in postgraduate studies. There is, however, a need to transfer legislative drafting skills to an ever-growing body of senior, middle and even lower-level public officials engaged in the "business of legislation".
This course builds on our introductory short course on legislative drafting. It focuses more intensively on specific issues and problem-solving exercises. By completing the course, persons involved in legislative drafting enhance their knowledge and skills to draft legislation efficiently, accurately and in compliance with legal requirements.
"The programme is well-structured and intellectually challenging, providing students the opportunity to develop the skills required for legislative drafting." - Peer review
Join us for a 4-month course, including 2 contact workshops (a total of 5 full days), 5 assignments and a written examination, all of which are compulsory.
Dates: the course runs from August to October 2021, with the 2 compulsory contact workshops held at UCT on the following days: 3 to 5 August 2021, 9:00 to 17:00 SAST
5 to 6 October 2021, 9:00 to 17:00 SAST
Assignments must be submitted in the intervening period. The final written examination will be taken towards the end of November 2021.
Prof Rassie Malherbe is a retired professor of constitutional law from the University of Johannesburg, where he still offers a popular extra-curricular program in the drafting of legislation, co-presented with Adv Anton Meyer. He offers a similar legislative drafting program in Kenya. During his academic career Prof Malherbe focused his research on constitutional law, education law, and specific human rights such as academic freedom, freedom of religion and education rights. He co-authored several textbooks and published more than 100 articles on these topics. He was closely involved in the constitution-making process of the nineties, and still advises government institutions on legislative and other issues. Recently, he has been involved in the drafting of institutional statutes for two universities.
Adv Anton Meyer SC had a long career in legislative drafting spanning over 40 years. He was a state law adviser in the Department of Justice for many years, and was the deputy chief state law adviser until he became the chief law adviser to parliament when the interim constitution came into effect in 1994. He served in this position until his retirement in 2002. He has been the co-presenter of the extra-curricular program in legislative drafting at the University of Johannesburg since its inception in 2002.