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Clear Simple and Precise Legislative Drafting: How does a European Community Directive Fare

Tanner, Edwin (2006) Clear Simple and Precise Legislative Drafting: How does a European Community Directive Fare. Statute Law Review, 27 (3). pp. 150-175. ISSN 0144-3593

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Abstract

In 2001, Martin Cutts redrafted Toy-Safety Directive 88/378/EEC in plain language. He criticized the language of that Directive as being archaic legalese. He added that Directives, as a whole, were poorly drafted. The European Commissions Legal Service rejected his criticisms. It stated that it had published the European Commission's plain language guidelines after Directive 88/378/EEC had been drafted. In a previous article in the Statute Law Review, Butt and Castle's plain language guidelines were explicated using examples from Directive 2002/2/EC. In this article, their guidelines are applied to the whole of that Directive to see if its language is 'clear, simple, and precise'. The criticisms made in the previous article, combined with those made in this article, suggest that the drafters of Directive 2002/2/EC have not yet mastered the skill of writing in 'clear, simple, and precise' language.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID10260, writing legal directives in plain language, archaic legalese, plain language guidelines
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1801 Law
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Law
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 02 May 2012 06:01
Last Modified: 02 May 2012 06:01
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3096
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