Book Review: Designing Effective Legislation by Maria Mousmouti

5 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2020

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Tan Zhi Peng Benny

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: March 2020

Abstract

The overarching question that Maria Mousmouti tackles in Designing Effective Legislation —how should legislation be evaluated—is not a new one. However, the author’s thesis is novel and refreshing. She argues that legislation should be evaluated based on its effectiveness, and proceeds to painstakingly show how effective legislation can be produced. In particular, she hypothesises that effective legislation “is the result of complex ‘mechanics’ in the conceptualisation, design and drafting of legislation and the result of conscious decisions around four elements inherent in every law: purpose, content, context and results”, and offers a framework, undergirded in theory and legislative practice, on how lawmakers can produce legislation with the specific aim to be effective.

Suggested Citation

Zhi Peng Benny, Tan, Book Review: Designing Effective Legislation by Maria Mousmouti (March 2020). Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, Mar. 2020, pp 360-362, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3656829

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