Legisprudence Library

The Art of Legislating

Authors: Zapatero Gómez, Virgilio

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  • Offers a comprehensive and innovative account of legislation and legisprudence as a field of study
  • Addresses both theoretical and practical problems involved in contemporary lawmaking, including delegation, implementation and interpretation issues
  • Reviews different models of legislative drafting and explores the tasks and deontological duties of legislative drafters
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Any contemporary state presents itself as committed to the “rule of law”, and this notion is perhaps the most powerful political ideal within the current global discourse on legal and political institutions. Despite being a contested concept, the rule of law is generally recognised as meaning that government is bound in all its actions by fixed and public rules, and that these rules respect certain formal requirements and are enforced by an independent judiciary.

This book focuses on formal legality and the question of how to achieve good laws—a topic that was famously addressed by the 18th century enlightened thinkers, but also by prominent legal scholars of our time. Historically, the canon of “good legislation” demanded generality, publicity and accessibility, and comprehensibility of laws; non-retroactivity; consistency; the possibility of complying with legal obligations and prohibitions; stability; and congruency between enacted laws and their application. All these are valuable ideals that should not be abandoned in today’s legal systems, particularly in view of the silent revolution that is transforming our legality-based “states of law” into jurisdictional states. Such ideals are still worth pursuing for those who believe in representative democracy, in the rule of law and in the dignity of legislation. The idea for the book stemmed from the author’s parliamentary and governmental experience; he was responsible for the Government of Spain’s legislative co-ordination from 1982 to 1993, which were years of intensive legislative production. The more than five hundred laws (and thousands of decrees) elaborated in this period profoundly changed all sectors of the legal order inherited from Franco’s dictatorship, and laid the foundations of a new social and democratic system. For an academic, this was an exciting experience, which offered a unique opportunity to put the theory of legislation to the test. Reflecting and elaborating on this experience, the book not only increases scholarly awareness of how laws are made, but above all, improves the quality of legislation and as a result the rule of law.


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Dr. iur. Dr. h.c. mult. Virgilio Zapatero Gómez is emeritus professor at the University of Alcalá de Henares (Spain), where he has previously held the chair of legal philosophy. He is author of El arte de legislar (2009) and El derecho como proceso normativo (Law as a normative process, 2010), as well as editor of the Spanish translation of J. Bentham’s Nomography (2004). He has been an MP at the Spanish Congress (1979-1993), Secretary of State (1982-1986), Ministry of the Spanish Government (1986-1993), representative at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (1993) and Rector of the University of Alcalá. Madrid (2002-2010).

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Study of Legislation

    Pages 1-9

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  • The Dignity of Laws

    Pages 11-23

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  • Laws Under Suspicion

    Pages 25-41

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  • The Design of Laws

    Pages 43-65

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  • Legislative Policy

    Pages 67-82

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Art of Legislating
Authors
Translated by
Yetano Roche, J.
Series Title
Legisprudence Library
Series Volume
6
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-23388-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-23388-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-23387-7
Series ISSN
2213-2813
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 228
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