Legislative Drafting Workshop held for Staff of the Attorney General’s Office and People’s Majlis Secretariat in the Maldives

The Foundation delivers first Legislative Drafting Workshop in Malé for local drafters on the design and quality of legislation

From 27-29 August 2019, the Max Planck Foundation conducted its first workshop in Malé, the Maldives in partnership with the Attorney General’s Office and the People’s Majlis Secretariat. The workshop was attended by the staff of both organisations who play a central role in the legislative drafting process in their respective institutions.

The workshop programme addressed the different stages of the drafting process, exploring the elements of legislative proposals, the latest techniques to simplify the structure and design of legislation, and tools to enhance the effectiveness of legislation. The participants were highly engaged in lively simulation exercises on each day of the workshop on how to analyse a legislative proposal based on a given topic, to devise and outline a legislative scheme, and to operationalise quality in legislation through the ‘effectiveness test’. The workshop also explored the challenges that drafters face in pursuing quality in legislation at both institutions in the Maldives and sought to come up with innovative solutions to these challenges.

This workshop is the first of three to be held in partnership with the Attorney General’s Office and the People’s Majlis Secretariat as part of the German Federal Foreign Office funded project, “Strengthening the Rule of Law in the Maldives“. The next workshop is scheduled to take place in Malé in October 2019.