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Thursday, 26 January 2012

The Dangerous Drafters' Act Strikes Again

1. The Dangerous Dogs Act has been back in the news as a result of two recent horrendous attacks by dogs. And it is not generally out of the news for long. Not many acts have their own website: the Dangerous Dogs Act does - http://dangerousdogsact.com/Dangerous Dogs Act - Campaigning for a Better Law.

2. It's worth looking at the site - it contains a trenchant but well-argued discussion of the principal flaws in the Act and its recent amendments.

3. I was never sure why this Act from the beginning attracted such close public attention. A cynic might suggest that it is because the subject-matter of the Act is relatively easy to understand.

4. Not being a cynic, however, my own feeling is that from the beginning it was apparent to the public that the Act was a missed opportunity to tackle a relatively peripheral social problem, but one that causes unnecessary harm and that could have been tackled effectively.

5. Is this another example of an Act where the drafter was forced to produce poor-quality legislation because of poor-quality policy and a political imperative? Or could the drafter have insisted on a more effective solution? Is this a sign that insistence by the drafter was already becoming unfashionable then, and has become even less fashionable since? All views on the point, in relation to this or other Acts, gratefully received.


  1. When I started my course in legislative drafting I was not aware that without an llb it would be a problem to find work even though I have an MBA.

    Apparently, as usual in the developing world there are those that refuse to collaberate with those they deem as outsiders.

    This is just a comment and a warning to those from other discourse that plan to pursue this course of study.

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  3. Strike is a good weapon for againsting. Our ancestors are did the same. Here the drafter's strike is for genuine reason. Striking is better than making voice.

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