Shaping the Future of Legislative Drafting: The Role of Akoma Ntoso
Written on March, 2022
As we transition towards an increasingly digitised world, the domain of law and legislation is not exempt from this transformation. Traditional legislative drafting, which primarily involves static text on paper, is gradually evolving into dynamic, digitised legislation. The driver of this transformation is Akoma Ntoso, an international XML standard for legal documents. This essay explores the role and impact of Akoma Ntoso in revolutionising legislative drafting and its potential to shape the future of law and legislation.
The Need for Specialised Rulemaking Systems
Just as engineers, architects, and software developers employ specialised tools for their respective professions, legislation, the fundamental operating system for any jurisdiction, also demands dedicated drafting systems. Although legislation might seem to be mere text, it is, in essence, a highly interconnected system of documents that have both causes and effects. It expresses complex concepts such as versioning, layered changes, operative dates, and more, which are challenging to capture with generic tools.