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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 2016 and 2017 include:

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 (HCI); 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); Lee Eng Beng, “The Avoidance Provisions of the Bankruptcy Act 1995 and Their Application to Companies” [1995] Sing JLS 597 in CCM Industrial Pte Ltd (in liquidation) v Chan Pui Yee [2016] SGHC 231; Tham Chee Ho, “Terrorist Property Rights in Singapore: What’s Left After the United Nations Act 2001?” [2002] Sing JLS 176 in Public Prosecutor v Sze Kai Xuan [2016] SGDC 316; Lee Pey Woan, “The Minority Shareholder’s Statutory Exits” [2007] 1 Sing JLS 184 in Ting Shwu Ping (Administrator of the estate of Chng Koon Seng, deceased) v Scanone Pte Ltd [2016] SGCA 65; Tan Yock Lin, “The Incomprehensible Burden of Proof” [1994] Sing JLS 29 in Phosagro Asia Pte Ltd v Piattchanine, Iouri [2016] 5 SLR 1052 (CA); and Goh Yihan, “The Inherent Jurisdiction and Inherent Powers of the Singapore Courts: Rethinking the Limits of Their Exercise” [2011] Sing JLS 178 in TYC v TYD [2017] SGFC 23 and BBW v BBX [2016] 5 SLR 755 (HC).

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".