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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 2018 and 2019 include:

Alexander F H Loke in “Damages to Protect Performance Interest and the Reasonableness Requirement” (2001) Sing JLS 259 in Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Singapore and another v AM General Insurance Bhd (formerly known as Kurnia Insurans (Malaysia) Bhd) (Liew Voon Fah, third party) [2018] SGHC 39; Tan Sook Yee, “Execution against Co-Owned Property” [2000] Sing JLS 52 in Peter Low LLC v Higgins, Danial Patrick [2018] SGHC 59; Tan Yock Lin, “Supreme Court of Judicature (Amendment) Act 1993” [1993] Sing JLS 557 in China Medical Technologies, Inc (in liquidation) and another v Wu Xiaodong and another [2018] SGHC 178; Tracey Evans Chan, “Revisiting Ex Parte James” [2003] Sing JLS 557 in Re Swiber Holdings Ltd [2018] SGHC 211; Goh Yihan, “The Inherent Jurisdiction and Inherent Powers of the Singapore Courts: Rethinking the Limits of their Exercise” [2011] Sing JLS 178 in Cheong Wei Chang v Lee Hsien Loong and another matter [2018] SGHC 217 and in Re Nalpon Zero Geraldo Mario [2013] 3 SLR 258, as affirmed in Li Shengwu v The Attorney-General [2019] SGCA 20, in URU v URV [2018] SGHCF 22; Barry Crown in “Severance of a Joint Tenancy” [1998] Sing JLS 166 in Chan Lung Kien v Chan Shwe Ching [2018] SGCA 24; Barry Crown, “Developments in the Law of Co-Ownership” [2003] Sing JLS 11 in Chan Lung Kien v Chan Shwe Ching [2018] SGCA 24; Lee Kiat Seng, “Suicide and Life Policies – A Fresh Perspective” [1996] Sing JLS 79 in Teng Wen-Chung v EFG Bank AG, Singapore Branch [2018] SGCA 60; Lionel Leo and Chen Siyuan, “Reasonable Suspicion or Real Likelihood: A Question of Semantics?” [2008] Sing JLS 446 in BOI v BOJ [2018] SGCA 61; Yeo Tiong Min SC, “Natural Forum and the Elusive Significance of Jurisdiction Agreements” [2005] Sing JLS 448 in Vinmar Overseas (Singapore) Pte Ltd v PTT International Trading Pte Ltd [2018] SGCA 65; Debbie Ong Siew Ling, “The Quest for Optimal State Intervention in Parenting Children: Navigating Within the Thick Grey Line” [2011] Sing JLS 61 in UNB v Child Protector [2018] SGHCF 10; Leong Wai Kum, “The Next Fifty Years of the Women’s Charter—Ripples of Change” [2011] Sing JLS 152 in UKM v Attorney-General [2018] SGHCF 18; Michael Bridge, “The UK Supreme Court Decision in The Res Cogitans and the Cardinal Role of Property in Sales Law” [2017] Sing JLS 345 in Mitsubishi Corp RTM International Pte Ltd v Kyen Resources Pte Ltd [2019] SGHCR 6; Tan Sook Yee, “Execution Against Co-Owned Property” [2000] Sing JLS 52 in Ong Boon Hwee v Cheah Ng Soo and another [2019] SGHC 65; Tan Seow Hon, “A New-Found Significance for non-Exclusive Jurisdiction Agreements” (2000) Sing JLS 298 in Shanghai Turbo Enterprises Ltd v Liu Ming [2019] SGCA 11; Chan Wing Cheong, “Applications under the Guardianship of Infants Act” [1998] Sing JLS 182 in UMF v UMG and another [2019] SGHCF 20; Leong Wai Kum, “Restatement of the Law of Guardianship and Custody in Singapore” [1999] Sing JLS 432 in UMF v UMG and another [2019] SGHCF 20

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".