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The Singapore Journal of Legal Studies has been in continuous publication since 1959 when it first appeared as the University of Malaya Law Review. Institutional changes made it necessary for the Journal to be re-named twice, first as the Malaya Law Review and then Singapore Journal of Legal Studies. Together with its predecessor journals (the University of Malaya Law Review and the Malaya Law Review), the Journal is one of the oldest legal journals in the British Commonwealth. As the first and leading legal journal in Singapore, it has witnessed the legal, political and social development of Singapore as it progressed from being a Third World country to a First World country. The Journal has traced the development of common law in Asia, particularly, Singapore and Malaysia.

The Journal covers both domestic and international legal developments. Singapore, as an independent legal system founded on the English legal system, continues to draw guidance from the common law authorities of leading Commonwealth countries, including England, Australia and Canada, and occasionally from the United States of America. Since the inception of the Singapore Journal of International and Comparative Law (1997) and then its successor, the Singapore Year Book of International Law (2005), the Journal has focused on legal developments in Singapore, Asia and the common law world.

The Journal publishes articles on private and public international law as well as comparative law. It features topics with theoretical or practical appeal or a mixture of both. The Journal continues to interest lawyers, academics and observers in and outside the common law world. Indeed, it has been cited by leading common law courts such as the House of Lords, the Supreme Court of Canada, the High Court of Australia, the High Court of Malaysia and the Supreme Court of Singapore.

The Journal is a faculty-managed publication with its Editorial Committee drawn from the Law Faculty of the National University of Singapore with advice from eminent legal personalities from other institutions in Singapore and abroad. It is fully peer-reviewed under conditions of anonymity by subject specialists within and outside the Law Faculty of the National University of Singapore.

Past articles published in the journal continue to be found useful by judges. Citations by the Singapore courts in 2015 and 2016 include: CL Lim, “The Constitution and the Reception of Customary International Law: Nguyen Tuong Van v Public Prosecutor” [2005] Sing JLS 218, Thio Li-Ann, “Reading Rights Rightly: The UDHR and its Creeping Influence on the Development of Singapore Public Law” [2008] Sing JLS 264 and Yap Po Jen, “Constitutionalising Capital Crimes: Judicial Virtue or ‘Originalism’ Sin?” [2011] Sing JLS 281 in Yong Vui Kong v Public Prosecutor [2015] 2 SLR 1129 (CA); Leong Wai Kum, “Division of Matrimonial Assets: Recent Cases and Thoughts for Reform” [1993] Sing JLS 351 and Leong Wai Kum, “The Laws in Singapore and England Affecting Spouses’ Property on Divorce” [2001] Sing JLS 19 in Chan Tin Sun v Fong Quay Sim [2015] 2 SLR 195 (CA); Lee Beng Tat, “Where an Exclusion Clause is Unreasonable Only in Part” [1992] Sing JLS 557 in Koh Lin Yee v Terrestrial Pte Ltd [2015] 2 SLR 497 (CA); K Shanmugam, “The Rule of Law in Singapore” [2012] Sing JLS 357 in Public Prosecutor v Syed Mostofa Romel [2015] 3 SLR 1166 (HC); Debbie Ong, “Financial Relief in Singapore after a Foreign Divorce” [1993] Sing JLS 431 in Harjit Kaur d/o Kulwant Singh v Saroop Singh a/l Amar Singh [2015] 4 SLR 1216 (HCF); Tan Sook Yee, “Execution Against Co-owned Property” [2000] Sing JLS 52 in Chan Shwe Ching v Leong Lai Yee [2015] 5 SLR 295 (HC); Sujata Balan, “The Limitation Period for a Fatal Accident Claim under Section 7 of the Civil Law Act 1956 of Malaysia: A Case for Reform” [2012] Sing JLS 1 in AXF v Koh Cheng Huat [2015] 5 SLR 819 (HC); Andrew Phang, Saw Cheng Lim & Gary Chan, “Of Precedent, Theory and Practice - The Case for a Return to Anns” [2006] Sing JLS 1 in Nava Bharat (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Straits Law Practice LLC [2015] SGHC 146; Susan Barkehall Thomas, “Defining (Or Refining) The Meaning Of Dishonesty After Twinsectra” [2006] Sing JLS 459 in M+W Singapore Pte Ltd v Leow Tet Sin [2015] 2 SLR 271 (HC); Goh Yihan, “The New Contractual Interpretation in Singapore" [2013] Sing JLS 301 in Corinna Chin Shu Hwa v Hewlett-Packard Singapore (Sales) Pte Ltd [2015] SGHC 204 and Y.E.S. F&B Group Pte Ltd v Soup Restaurant Singapore Pte Ltd (formerly known as Soup Restaurant (Causeway Point) Pte Ltd) [2015] 5 SLR 1187 (CA); Brian Z Tamanaha, “The History and Elements of the Rule of Law” [2012] Sing JLS 232 in Tan Seet Eng v Attorney-General [2016] 1 SLR 779 (CA); Rachel Leow & Timothy Liau, “Unjust Enrichment and Restitution in Singapore: Where Now and Where Next?” [2013] Sing JLS 331 in Eng Chiet Shoong v Cheong Soh Chin [2016] SGCA 45; F M B Reynolds, “Enforcement of Contracts Involving Corruption or Illegality” [1997] Sing JLS 371 in BCBC Singapore Pte Ltd v PT Bayan Resources TBK [2016] 4 SLR 1; Margaret Fordham, “Contributory Negligence and the Disabled Claimant” [2013] Sing JLS 192 in Asnah bte Ab Rahman v Li Jianlin [2016] 2 SLR 944 (CA).


Apart from its paper circulation, the journal is also available electronically through LawNet, WestLaw, HeinOnline, Proquest, HW Wilson, RMIT and SSRN. The Wilson Index to Legal Periodicals and Google Scholar are linked to the SSRN database. The journal may be cited as "Sing JLS".