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821.  JULY 1993 Issue
p.300

Singapore and International Relations Singapore and International Law
 •  [1993] Sing JLS 300 (Jul)

822.  JULY 1993 Issue
p.318

Singapore-Vietnam Bilateral Investment Agreement 1992 The Asia-Pacific Rim
Foo, Kim Boon  •  [1993] Sing JLS 318 (Jul)
This note deals with the salient features of the Singapore-Vietnam bilateral investment agreement 1992. Recent interest in investment opportunities in Vietnam and the changes in attitude of the Vietnamese government towards foreign investments have resulted in a number of similar arrangements being concluded.

823.  JULY 1993 Issue
p.326

Recent Developments in Indonesia Asia-Pacific Rim
Guatama, Sudargo; Wiknyosastro, Sri Hanifa & Jatim, Fatmah  •  [1993] Sing JLS 326 (Jul)
This report gives an outline of the more important recent developments in Indonesia, covering primarily the period from August 1991 to December 1991. The topics covered are bilateral agreements and international conventions, regulations issued by the Indonesian Government, special regulations on offshore commercial loans, energy conservation, trade matters, capital market taxation, case law, seminars and workshops and publications.

824.  JULY 1993 Issue
p.342

Book Review: Case Analysis and Statutory Interpretation: Cases and Materials by RC Beckman
Bartholomew, G.W.  •  [1993] Sing JLS 342 (Jul)

825.  JULY 1993 Issue
p.344

Book Review: Probate and Administration in Singapore and Malaysia: Law and Practice by G Raman
Chan, Leng Sun  •  [1993] Sing JLS 344 (Jul)

826.  JULY 1993 Issue
p.345

Book Review: The Law of Guarantees in Singapore and Malaysia by Low Kee Yang
Lee, Beng Tat  •  [1993] Sing JLS 345 (Jul)

827.  JULY 1993 Issue
p.346

Book Review: Singapore Conveyancing Practice, Forms, Precedents and Materials by Hairani Saban
Liu, Hern Kuan  •  [1993] Sing JLS 346 (Jul)

828.  DECEMBER 1992 Issue
p.315

Latent Effects of Law : The Defamation Experience
Brown, B J  •  [1992] Sing JLS 315 (Dec)
Latent or hidden effects of laws have received little attention from social scientists and (outside the oral tradition of practicing lawyers) almost none from the legal profession. Such effects, and often latent functions too, may differ sharply from the particular laws' ostensible purposes. Taking, as this writer does, defamation as an illustration, the law's ostensible manifest purposes ( (i) to restore, so far as possible - by monetary compensation or other means - the unlawfully injured person's reputation to its pre-defamed state, and (ii) to punish contumacious action by award of exemplary damages ) is shown to be subordinated, perhaps even supplanted, in several quite common situations where the rules and procedures bend to achieve outcomes different from those advertised by the law. Some such effects are unplanned; some plainly are engineered. A few may be viewed by one or both parties as beneficial; others as destructive. Those issues aside, judges, lawyers, litigants and the public might agree that things ought to be called, and be seen to operate, by their proper names and by undisguised procedures. The example of the late Robert Maxwell is used to show how a person of wealth and power could long exploit defamation laws to shield a questionable business reputation from legitimate questioning. That saga serves mainly as a springboard to examination of half-a-dozen other critical issues. Each involves the masking or manipulation of defamation rules and latches attention onto their moral, cultural or economic ramifications. Latency is demonstrably present in law. To ignore it, or to regard it as excrescence or contradiction, is to short-change all parties to the business of social and legal reform.

829.  DECEMBER 1992 Issue
p.347

The Rio Declaration and its Influence on International Environmental Law
Foo, Kim Boon  •  [1992] Sing JLS 347 (Dec)
Did the recent UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) conclude with only pious aspirations or solid achievements? Among the documents adopted at UNCED was Agenda 21, an ambitious plan of action to tackle both global and national environmental problems, a Statement of Principles on Forests, and the Rio de Janeiro Declaration on Environment and Development. This article considers what influence, if any, the Rio Declaration might exert in relation to the further development of international environmental law.

830.  DECEMBER 1992 Issue
p.365

Sing a Song of Sang, A Pocketful of Woes?
Tan, Yock Lin  •  [1992] Sing JLS 365 (Dec)
This article argues that there is a provision in the Singapore Evidence Act for the exercise of judicial discretion to exclude prejudicial evidence. It then considers the English case of Sang with a view to showing that there is a need for development of the privilege against self-incrimination and for a broader conception of prejudice in a trial which takes into account inadequacies in the preparation for trial occasioned by the manner evidence is procured. The inter-relations of Sang and evidentiary legislative provisions (especially in the Road Traffic Act) are also examined.

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