The Legislative Drafting course was first held in 1964, under the name of “The Government Legal Advisers Course”. Since then it has been attended by more than 5,000 legal officials from 100 countries, mostlyfrom within the Commonwealth.

Many of these officers have attained posts of great distinction either in the service of their Governments or in international organisations.

From its modest beginnings in the 1960s, the Course in Legislative Drafting has grown to become the most renowned training programme in legislative drafting. Since 1998 the course is offered under the auspices of the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London.

The aim of the course is to empower, rather than prescribe, national drafters to apply best international drafting practices to their own legal system reflecting their own political, cultural, and social intricacies.

This summer course promotes best practices in statutory drafting, as exemplified in the work of Sir William Dale, Professor Helen Xanthaki, and Dr. Constantin Stefanou.

The Course has created a distinctive school of drafting which encourages modern drafting techniques with emphasis on effective and user-friendly legislation, and exposure to a variety of drafting styles and lecturers, thus allowing participants to select elements that best suit their national laws, and their own tradition, culture, and jurisprudence.

Upon completion of the Course participants are awarded a Certificate of Attendance to the Course in Legislative Drafting from the IALS (University of London). Participants whose performance in lectures and exercises demonstrates proficiency in drafting may be admitted to the LLM in Advanced Legislative Studies (Taught or via DL), and to the research degrees of MPhil or PhD in Legislative Drafting.

Application Form and further information here.