The Travaux Préparatoires, or preparatory materials, are official documents keeping track of the legislative path each legislation went through up to the point of enactment. This is to chronologically record the sum of preparatory works that took place to produce the end result. This compilation intends to give the proper account and stress on the importance of the process itself rather than just the end. Preparatory documents and materials are often unpublished, inaccessible, and impossible to locate. As a result, many scholars, researchers, educators, advocates, prosecutors, and judges either never get the opportunity to understand the intent behind the legislations or do so only with excessive effort. This problem is precisely what the Travaux Préparatoires Project intends to solve.
The Advisory Council envisions the compilation of travaux préparatoires would have an impact of great magnitude in pushing legal education and research forward. The Council also, most importantly, hopes to set a foundation for our legal system in general by establishing a standard practice for collecting and cataloguing legislative works from start to finish. This would inevitably set a tone of transparency and welcomes the public to glance at how law making process works. Making travaux préparatoires available online is a practice that the Advisory Council hopes will be continued by future law-making projects.
Whereas the collection and subsequent publication of travaux préparatoires is something the Advisory Council deems imperative to the practice of law-making, this task has come thus far but not without its challenges. The Advisory Council had struggled with the travaux préparatoires project as it had to elect putting its tremendously scarce resources into its primary task of producing studies, recommendations, and draft laws. Most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has also brought an additional set of challenges of its own.
Notwithstanding these impediments, the Council was able to compile these legal documents with the undying commitment and cooperation of working group members and volunteers without whom this would not be possible.
Nevertheless, it is important to note that this is an ongoing project and not at all the records are complete. It is in this light that we call upon visitors of this webpage to crowdsource to us any travaux source materials that may be in their possession but missing from the travaux préparatoires. Please send source materials or any other input through this email address: email@example.com
Laws pass through multiple preliminary stages of development before they are enacted. The law reform process at the Advisory Council starts with a diagnostic study of the legal and regulatory field to assess what kinds of reform are warranted – if at all. While the diagnostic study and recommendation development phase itself may be aided by public or stakeholder participation/deliberation, involvement of the public and stakeholders becomes extremely significant if the Council decides to proceed to the drafting process. While the Council employs a variety of methods to engage the public, this page is one of the ways in which members of the public who have access to the internet can provide input on draft legislation. Members of the public, law students, and subject-area experts alike can provide input on the draft laws below. This input will be aggregated and sent to the members of the Working Group that is responsible for drafting the legislation and incorporating public input.
The draft will be removed from this page once it proceeds to the next stages in the law-making process and the Advisory Council’s Working Group is no longer the sole curator of the draft. The first step in this process is the submission of the draft legislation and explanatory notes mostly to the Federal Attorney General’s Office which is the primary initiator and custodian of the law reform initiatives in the country. Sometimes, due to the nature of the subject-area of a reform package, the Advisory Council can also submit its work to other government bodies in consultations with the Attorney General’s Office.
This page is created to enable the public, not only to know about the contents of draft legislations, but also to provide them with an opportunity to participate in the process via features in this website. These channels of communications will be open to all until the time when the draft legislation gets to the next stage. of being reviewed by the House of Peoples’ Representatives. The Advisory Council invites and encourages members of the public and stakeholders to provide input through this page, in addition to availing themselves of public hearings at the House of Peoples Representatives at the final stages of the law-making process.