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The Singapore Journal of Legal Studies is the flagship law journal of the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore and one of the oldest law journals in the Commonwealth. As the first and leading legal journal in Singapore, it contains a rich store of legal literature analysing the legal, political and social development of Singapore in its progression from a developing to a First World nation. The journal continues to advance the boundaries of global and local developments in law, policy and legal practice by publishing cogent and timely articles, legislation comments and case notes on a biannual basis.  

Highlights of our September 2016 issue are …

In Twenty Years (And More) of Controlling Unfair Contract Terms in Singapore, Sandra Booysen reflects on how Singapore’s legislative regime for consumer protection has contributed to the promotion of contractual fairness in consumer contracts. She focuses in particular on the operation of the Unfair Contract Terms Act, the Misrepresentation Act and the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act, noting that the current regime suffers from a preoccupation with clauses that exempt liability. She suggests that the appropriate way forward lies in developing an overarching, flexible principle of evaluating the fairness of risk allocation.

Ho Hock Lai, in On the Obtaining and Admissibility of Incriminating Statements, questions the assumption that interest in crime control and interest in due process are diametric opposites. He examines this apparent dichotomy in the context of police interrogations, focusing on three rights: the right of silence, the privilege against self-incrimination, and the right to exclusion of involuntary statements. He notes that the judiciary has an important role to play in striking a balance between keeping the police in line and staying out of their way, and concludes by cautioning against blind allegiance to the ideology of crime control.

In Regulating International Trade in Endangered Species—Transhipments of CITES-Listed Species via Singapore, Burton Ong, Lye Lin Heng and Joseph Chun evaluate Singapore’s Endangered Species (Import and Export) Act by analysing the District Court case of Public Prosecutor v Wong Wee Keong. They argue for a purposive construction of those provisions that furthers Singapore’s implementation of its obligations as a Party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. They conclude by urging greater international cooperation between CITES Parties in the design and implementation of their national legal frameworks.

Tan Seow Hon, in Between Judicial Oligarchy and Parliamentary Supremacy: Understanding the Court’s Dilemma in Constitutional Judicial Review, considers the dilemma of navigating the narrow road between parliamentary supremacy and judicial oligarchy in constitutional judicial review. She examines the Singapore Court of Appeal case of Lim Meng Suang v Attorney-General through the lens of Dworkin’s theory of adjudication, and proposes an alternative view based on Radbruch’s natural law approach.

Our September 2016 issue also features several legislation comments and case notes, and book reviews. Click here for the complete contents page.


SJLS accepts submissions on a rolling basis and publishes 2 issues a year in March and September.

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