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Law Making

A common feature of legal and judicial reform programming is to provide support to the processes by which laws and regulations are initiated, prepared, discussed, enacted, and publicized.

Law reform seeks to ensure that laws are drafted by experts, taking into account best practice drafting principles and international standards, and in consultation with interested stakeholders. The option of using transplanted laws from abroad may be appealing for some, but are often not sustainable unless adapted to the local context. Fostering public understanding and ownership of proposed laws ensures that they are suitable for the economic, social, and legal environment; and it facilitates understanding by the public at large.

In some countries, law making authority is handled by several ministries or a central authority such as a justice ministry or a legal drafting office. Ad hoc expert groups may be used to prepare draft laws to assist central authorities prepare fresh legislation and law revisions. Here are some features of institutional structures and change programming that may be used to bring about successful law reform:

Legislatures/Law Making Bodies

Law Commissions

Legal Transplants and Legal Culture

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