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301.  DECEMBER 2008 Issue
p.308

Equity, Obligations and Third Parties
McFarlane, Ben  •  [2008] Sing JLS 308 (Dec)
In some circumstances, common law or equitable rules may allow the presence of an initial duty owed by A to B to have an effect on a third party, C. This is the case, for example, where C is under a duty not to procure a breach by A of a contractual duty owed by A to B; it is also the case where A's initial duty gives B an "equitable property right". Such cases may seem to call into question the fundamental distinction between personal rights and property rights. Nonetheless, this article argues that we can account for the common law and equitable methods by which an initial duty is allowed to affect a third party whilst preserving that fundamental distinction. To do so, we need to recognise one other category of rights (here called "persistent rights") and a sub-division of personal rights (here called "protected personal rights").

302.  DECEMBER 2008 Issue
p.326

The Iniquity of Equity: A Home-Sharer's Tale
Wong, Simone  •  [2008] Sing JLS 326 (Dec)
The article is concerned with the application of trusts law in disputes between home-sharers who are cohabitants in England and Wales. It considers the criticisms made of trusts law in dealing with such disputes, and the proposals of the Law Commission for England and Wales in its 2007 Cohabitation Report. However, as plans to introduce any new legislation have been shelved by the British government, cohabitants must continue to rely on trusts law. In the light of these developments, the aim of the article is to critique Equity's response in disputes over the shared home and, more particularly, whether the remedial approach evinced in recent cases will enable trusts law to respond in a fairer manner in these disputes. The article will, however, argue that trusts law remains gender biased because of its continued emphasis on financial contributions, and will thus discriminate disproportionately against female cohabitants.

303.  DECEMBER 2008 Issue
p.347

"Don't Ever Take a Fence Down Until You Know the Reason It Was Put Up" - Singapore Communitarianism and the Case for Conserving 377A
Lee, C.L. Yvonne  •  [2008] Sing JLS 347 (Dec)
A rare parliamentary petition which sought the repeal of section 377A of the Penal Code that criminalises acts of gross indecency between male adults, was presented and debated in Parliament in October 2007. This article critically examines the constitutional law dimension and issues in relation to the 377A debate in Singapore. It highlights the primary jurisprudential thrust of the competing arguments and assumptions. It advances and defends the communitarian case for preserving 377A which the author argues is both normatively desirable and empirically reflective of existing Singapore law and policy. With particular regard to the Singapore context, it reflects on how democratic societies should address questions of law and profound moral disagreement, the importance of civil debate, and whether the legislative or judicial forum is most appropriate for making decisions on morally controversial questions.
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304.  DECEMBER 2008 Issue
p.395

The Jurisdiction to Reopen Criminal Cases: A Consideration of the (Criminal) Statutory and Inherent Jurisdiction of the Singapore Court of Appeal
Goh, Yihan  •  [2008] Sing JLS 395 (Dec)
In criminal cases, it has been emphasised repeatedly that our Court of Appeal is a creature of statute and is hence only seised of the jurisdiction that has been conferred upon it by the relevant provisions in the legislation creating it. This has resulted in the Court of Appeal steadfastly refusing to reopen criminal cases already disposed of finally by way of appeal. However, in the arena of civil cases, the Court of Appeal possesses an inherent jurisdiction, which it uses to achieve a variety of results. Given that the inherent jurisdiction of the Court flows (arguably) not from the nature of cases it is hearing but the status of the Court itself, this article poses the question as to whether the distinction of the Court's inherent jurisdiction across criminal and civil cases is necessarily a sound one, and seeks to provide a possible answer.

305.  DECEMBER 2008 Issue
p.420

Legislation and Case Notes: Strata Title and Commonhold - A Look at Selected Aspects of the Singapore and English Legislation
Teo, Keang Sood  •  [2008] Sing JLS 420 (Dec)

306.  DECEMBER 2008 Issue
p.435

Legislation and Case Notes: Clarifying Common Intention and Interpreting Section 34: Should There Be a Threshold of Blameworthiness for the Death Penalty?
Amirthalingam, Kumaralingam  •  [2008] Sing JLS 435 (Dec)

307.  DECEMBER 2008 Issue
p.446

Legislation and Case Notes: Reasonable Suspicion or Real Likelihood: A Question of Semantics?
Leo, Lionel and Chen, Siyuan  •  [2008] Sing JLS 446 (Dec)

308.  DECEMBER 2008 Issue
p.455

Book Review: The Origins of Reasonable Doubt - Theological Roots of the Criminal Trial by James Q. Whitman
Ho, Hock Lai  •  [2008] Sing JLS 455 (Dec)

309.  DECEMBER 2008 Issue
p.457

Book Review: Contract Damages: Domestic and International Perspectives by Djakhongir Saidov and Ralph Cunnington
Tham, Chee Ho  •  [2008] Sing JLS 457 (Dec)

310.  DECEMBER 2008 Issue
p.460

Book Review: Federal Antitrust and EC Competition Law Analysis by Femi Alese
Ong, Burton  •  [2008] Sing JLS 460 (Dec)

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