The Drafter’s Deontology

  • Virgilio Zapatero Gómez
Part of the Legisprudence Library book series (LEGIS, volume 6)


The nature of his work makes the drafter subjected to special duties towards his principal (the government or the legislators themselves), to parliament and to society. But the demands that derive from the respect for his profession are not always compatible with the demands of government, legislators, parliament and society. This chapter suggests some criteria for the resolution of conflicts arising from rivalling loyalties to which the drafter may be exposed. Among the duties which should be included in a code of conduct for legal drafters are the duty of professional competence, the duty to assist and advise the legislators who commission a draft norm (not to substitute them), the duty of loyalty to the institutional system and the duty of confidentiality. Legal drafting is a task with obvious political components, and the drafter therefore cannot avoid reflecting on his responsibility as a professional and as a citizen, as a member of society.


Deontologic codes Drafter’s duties Assistance and counselling Confidentiality Loyalty Drafter’s conflicting loyalties Responsibility Politics of legislative drafting 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Virgilio Zapatero Gómez
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  1. 1.Facultad de DerechoUniversidad de Alcalá de HenaresAlcalá de HenaresSpain

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