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Thornton's Legislative Drafting

By: Helen Xanthaki
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Published: 05-12-2019
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Edition: 5th
Extent: 592
ISBN: 9781526515247
Imprint: Bloomsbury Professional
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About Thornton's Legislative Drafting

If you're involved in drafting or amending legislation in the Commonwealth or beyond, you need a guide that will help you with both the traditional and modern techniques of drafting good quality statutory law.

Thornton's Legislative Drafting is recognised as the leading professional title in this area, used and referred to by legal officers and drafters internationally.

Completely refreshed and updated, the new fifth edition includes full coverage of contemporary drafting developments and advances.

How will Thornton's Legislative Drafting help you in your work?
Guides you through the five stages of the drafting process;
Guides you through the legislative sentence, the structure of the Act, and the drafting of preliminary, substantive, final, and special provisions;
Provides valuable updates on the drafting of preliminary and final provisions;
Demonstrates contemporary drafting conventions through fresh examples of recent legislatio;n;
Shows developments in their historical context through the use of selected older examples.

The detailed, learned and professional guidance you have been used to in previous editions remains the same, along with examples of best – and bad – practice. The work updates these 'best practice' examples with modern expressions and excerpts from current legislation, from both larger and smaller Commonwealth jurisdictions and the USA – so you can make sure the wording you use is current and contemporary.

Previous edition ISBN: 9781845923532

Table Of Contents

1 Words
2 Syntax
3 Style
4 Specific matters of style
5 Miscellaneous words and expressions
6 Interpretation Acts
7 The drafting process: Part 1
8 The drafting process: Part 2
9 Formalities and arrangement
10 Preliminary provisions
11 Powers and duties
12 Substantive and administrative provisions: Part 1
13 Substantive and administrative provisions: Part 2
14 Substantive and administrative provisions: Part 3
15 Supplementary provisions
16 Penal provisions
17 Final provisions
18 Amending legislation
19 Subordinate legislation


“Thornton's Legislative Drafting, in this rendering by Professor Xanthaki, will continue for many years to be a principal player in galvanising good legislative drafting practice in the Commonwealth and beyond.” –  Bilika H Simamba, The Loophole

“This new edition is as much a delight as the previous editions, both by its inclusion of a wider variety of international examples and by its general additions; it significantly enhances the tradition of Thornton and will be warmly welcomed by the entire legislative drafting community in the English-speaking world.” –  Daniel Greenberg, Statute Law Review

“Thornton's Legislative Drafting is probably the best-known book on the subject in the English-speaking world…An essential reference for those interested in legislative drafting.” –  Daniel Lovric, Law Institute Journal (Law Institute of Victoria, Australia)

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