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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 2017 include:

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; Yeo Tiong Min, “Tracing and Three-Party Restitution” [1993] Sing JLS 452 in Ho Heng Leng (alias Foo Chee Kai) v Lodge, Kenneth George (litigation representative and administrator of the estate of Lodge, Vivien (alias Vivien Tsuji), deceased) (Lim Soon Wah Thomas, third party) [2017] SGHC 96; Debbie SL Ong, “Time Restriction on Divorce in Singapore” [2003] Sing JLS 418 in UFO v UFP [2017] SGFC 111; Chan Wing Cheong, “Latest Improvements to the Women’s Charter” [1996] Sing JLS 553 in UFS v UFT [2017] SGFC 105; Tan Sook Yee, “Execution against Co-Owned Property” [2000] Sing JLS 52, Barry C Crown, “Severance of a Joint Tenancy” [1998] Sing JLS 166, and Barry C Crown, “Developments in the Law of Co-Ownership” [2003] Sing JLS 116 in Chan Lung Kien v Chan Shwe Ching [2017] SGHC 136; Chan Sek Keong, “The Courts and the ‘Rule of Law’ in Singapore” [2012] Sing JLS 209 in Ravi s/o Madasamy v Attorney-General [2017] SGHC 163; Ho Hock Lai, “Spousal Testimony on Marital Communication as Incriminating Evidence – Lim Lye Hock v PP” [1995] Sing JLS 236 in Public Prosecutor v BLV [2017] SGHC 154; Leong Wai Kum, “Restatement of the Law of Guardianship and Custody in Singapore” [1999] Sing JLS 432, and Debbie SL Ong & Stella R Quah, “Grandparenting in Divorced Families” [2007] Sing JLS 25 in UDA v UDB [2017] SGHCF 16; Wai-Sum Chan & Felix W H Chan, “Lai Wee Lian Revisited – Should Actuarial Tables be Used for the Assessment of Damages in Personal Injury Litigation in Singapore?: Wells v Wells” [2000] Sing JLS 364 in Quek Yen Fei Kenneth (by his litigation representative Pang Choy Chun) v Yeo Chye Huat [2017] 2 SLR 229 (CA); and Margaret Fordham, “An IVF Baby and a Catastrophic Error—Actions for Wrongful Conception and Wrongful Birth Revisited in Singapore” [2015] Sing JLS 232 in ACB v Thomson Medical Pte Ltd [2017] 1 SLR 918 (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".