NB! The APA (7th edition) manual does not contain any specific instructions on how to refer to government publications outside of the United States. The recommendation is instead to format the references according to guidelines in each country. According to Swedish legal practice, you use the official abbreviation for a legal document as your in-text reference and you do not provide a reference in the reference list. Please note that we have chosen to depart from this practice in our instructions by adding a reference in the reference list with information that will help the reader find the source, since the target audience of the texts produced at our departments are usually not legal practitioners. The instructions under this section are our interpretation of how to apply APA (7th edition) to committee terms of reference.
When citing committee terms of reference, you should make it clear to the reader what type of document you are referring to by including either the title or a description of the document together with the in-text reference the first time you cite the source. If you accessed the committee terms of reference online, include the URL of the website from which it was retrieved in the reference.
Do not forget to consult the general instructions on how to write references according to APA (7th edition), including
Dir YYYY:Nummer. Title. URL
In the committee terms of reference on a stricter environmental criminal law and a strengthened environmental law enforcement (Dir. 2022:69), the Swedish government writes...
Dir. 2022:69. En skärpt miljöstraffrätt och en stärkt miljöbrottsbekämpning [A stricter environmental criminal law and a strengthened environmental law enforcement]. https://www.regeringen.se/rattsliga-dokument/kommittedirektiv/2022/06/dir.-202269/