The Role of the Constitutional Drafter: Thoughts on the Art of Expressing Constitutional Visions

Author: Philip Knight

This issue paper is part of the ‘Constitution-making in Focus’ series. The author draws on his professional experience and describes four different roles that legislative counsel might be called upon to perform, considering the professional implications of serving an entire nation as ‘the client,’ and suggesting a number of features of constitutions that necessitate a modified approach to drafting, as compared with ordinary legislation.