Legal experts working for the National Assembly are learning about the technicalities of drafting a law during a two-week training course that began Monday.
About 30 experts are participating in the course that was jointly organized by the National Assembly and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, which promotes democracy.
In addition to law drafting, the course will also touch upon legislative procedures and working mechanisms of the National Assembly. Kol Pheng, general secretary of the National Assembly, said the course is needed because most of the 250 National Assembly members do not have adequate knowledge about the lawmaking process.
“It is necessary for you to have a clear understanding of all legal and technical issues because the members of parliament for whom you work do not understand these issues,” Kol Pheng said. “They are politicians who just wait to vote on laws.”
The main instructor for the course is Dr Gerald Kretschmer, publisher of the German magazine “Legislation.” He also served as the secretary for the German Parliament’s Committee for Procedures, Immunity and Election Monitoring for 20 years.
Peter Koppinger, country representative of Konrad Adenauer, said the seminar will offer a good example of how parliaments work in other countries.
“The purpose of the seminar is to offer those working in parliament more knowledge and to learn the mechanisms of the German parliament,” he said.
The training course is part of a capacity building and consulting project between Konrad Adenauer and the National Assembly.