The Foundation hosts an Exploratory Workshop with the Bureau for Legislation and Opinion in Jordan

The workshop was organised for Legal Advisers from the Bureau and focused on the Process and Technical Aspects of Legislative Drafting

On 19-20 November 2019, Research Fellows of the Max Planck Foundation hosted an exploratory workshop with senior legal advisers, legal drafters and legal researchers of the Bureau for Legislation and Opinion on “The Process and Technical Aspects of Legislative Drafting”. The workshop was formally inaugurated by a Senior Legal Adviser at the Bureau on behalf of the President of the Bureau, Dr Fedaa al-Hmoud, First Political Officer at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to Jordan, Dr Mark Erbel and the Foundation’s Country Manager for Jordan.

During the two-day workshop, participants heard presentations from the Foundation’s Research Fellows on topics such as international standards and best practices in legislative drafting, the stages of the legislative drafting process and its working methods as well as the importance of scrutiny in legislative drafting. Each presentation by the Research Fellows was either preceded or followed by a topically-linked presentation by a Senior Legal Adviser of the Bureau, who presented the practice and experience of the Bureau relevant to that topic.

The President of the Bureau for Legislation and Opinion, Dr Fedaa al-Hmoud, attended the last day of the workshop. In the closing session, Dr al-Hmoud stressed that though the workshop was intended to be exploratory in its objectives, these objectives had been far exceeded and provided additional value in terms of tangible technical expertise and comparative tools and methods which will be critically reviewed by the Bureau for adoption in their working methods.

The workshop was delivered as part of a component within the framework of the Foundation’s project entitled “Raising Technical Capacity and Technical Knowledge of Judges of the Constitutional Court (Jordan and Palestine) and Judges of Ordinary Courts in Jordan (2017-2019)“. The project is generously supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.