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Helen Xanthaki publishes report to European Parliament

6 December 2023

Helen Xanthaki, Professor (Teaching) in UCL Laws, submitted a study on the 'one in, one out' principle as a lawmaking tool at the request of the European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs.

Helen Xanthaki

'The 'one in, one out' principle - A real better lawmaking tool?' 

The study submits that ‘One in, one out’ is a tool for less, not better, regulation and legislation, and, as such, it is not a suitable instrument for better law-making. To achieve effectiveness of legislation, the EU must reform its law-making policy holistically by placing the citizen at the core of its legislative communication. The EP must lead on and defend the citizens’ right to better legislation. To put this reform to effect, the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI Committee) must place itself at the centre of deliberations, via a Working Group dedicated to Better Regulation, to assure a constant reflection on better regulation with the support of a network of European academic experts.

This study was commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the JURI Committee.

Download the full report here

About Helen Xanthaki

Helen came to UCL having served for 18 years at the IALS as the Director of the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies. She was the first UK Professor in Law and Legislative Drafting. Helen is one of the top experts in legislation, legislative drafting, legislative quality in the UK, the Commonwealth and the UK. She is the author of the 5th and now 6th edition of Thornton's Legislative Drafting, the leading manual for drafting practitioners, and of Drafting Legislation: Art and Technology of Rules and Regulation, the leading academic reference book in legislative drafting, now also translated in Chinese. She is a consultant to governments, international and regional organisations both as a trainer and a drafter. Her research now focuses on the quality of EU legislation and of transposition. She is President of the International Association for Legislation, a Senior Associate Research Fellow at the IALS, a Visiting Professor at QMUL and Xianmen University China, Key Expert in Better Regulation for Expertise France, and the Co-Editor in Chief of the Statute Law Review.

Find Helen's profile here