Guidelines on Legislative Drafting and Public Consultation will improve the law-making process in Palestine

EUPOL COPPS, in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice, has launched the revised edition of ‘Guidelines on Legislative Drafting’ and the new ‘Guidelines on Public Consultation’.

The ‘Guidelines on Legislative Drafting’ constitute an essential tool in improving the law-making process in Palestine and will give a boost to making the process more institutionalized as well as improving the quality of legislation. The ‘Guidelines on Public Consultation’ is a new initiative, which can prove an important first piece of the puzzle in a more institutionalized and standardized legislative process.

On 28 June 2018, the launching ceremony took place in Ramallah. It was attended by the Minister of Justice, H.E. Ali Abu Diak, the Deputy Minister of Justice, Mohammad Abu Sundus, and participants from the Ministry of Justice, other Palestinian institutions as well as from the civil society.

Speeches welcoming the guidelines were held by the Minister of Justice and the Acting Head of Mission, Mr. Giovanni Galzignato. The event also included a presentation by the Ministry of the content and preparations of the guidelines, which were then distributed to the participants.

The guidelines, which was first published in 2013, have been reviewed by the Legislative Drafting Working Group, comprised of the President’s Office, the Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Interior, the Legislation and Advisory Bureau (the Diwan) and Berziet University and led by the Ministry of Justice. The Mission has supported this work and financed the printing of the revised guidelines.

Top Photo: The publications ‘Legislative Drafting’ and ‘Public Consultation Guidelines’ have been printed in 300 copies each and will be distributed to all Palestinian Authority ministries and civil society institutions for use in preparing legislation. The production has been financed by EUPOL COPPS. 
Photo 2: The launching the Legislative Drafting and Public Consultation Guidelines took place in Ramallah on 28 June 2018, where the Acting Head of Mission, Mr. Giovanni Galzignato addressed the guests, underlining the importance of having such legislative tools at hand to advance the law-making process in Palestine.
Photo 3: The Palestinian Minister of Justice, H.E. Ali Abu Diak attended the launch ceremony and thanked EUPOL COPPS for its continuous support to the Ministry and Palestinian justice sector in general. The Deputy Minister of Justice, H.E. Mohammad Abu Sundus was also present.
Bottom Photo: Ms Reem Abu Al-Rob, Director General of the General Directorate of Legal Affairs, who headed the reviewing and finalizing of both guidelines.