Justice Chao Hick Tin’s contribution as a judge is of the first rank. Born in Singapore, Justice Chao studied at Catholic High School before reading law at University College London. He was appointed Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Singapore on 1 October 1987. This marked the commencement of a distinguished judicial career from 1987 right through to 2017 – a remarkable period of approximately three decades (excluding two years, between 2006 and 2008, when he was Attorney-General) and a total period of half a century in service of his country. Justice Chao was appointed Judge of Appeal on 2 August 1999 and Vice-President of the Court of Appeal on 18 April 2008. In this book, experts from the Judiciary, practice and academia explore Justice Chao’s jurisprudence in 12 areas of private, public and international law. These essays honour Justice Chao’s lasting legacy as a role model for all who aspire to be judges of the highest calibre.
General Editors: Judge of Appeal, Justice Andrew Phang Boon Leong and Associate Professor Goh Yihan
Date of Publication: Sep 2017
Author(s)/Editor(s)/Contributor(s):: Mrs Hauw Soo Hoon (Chairperson), Mr Frank Matthew McInerney. Dr Leow Yung Khee, Mr A K Cher, Mr Teo Weng Kie, Mdm Renuka Chettiar, Mr Colin Pakshong and Ms Lee Wai Yi
Date of Publication: March 2021
Senthilkumaran Sabapathy is a deputy public prosecutor and a deputy senior state counsel with the Attorney-General’s Chambers. He was previously a justices’ law clerk with the Supreme Court of Singapore and a visiting researcher with the National University of Singapore. He completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Oxford, and studied the UK’s legal system while attached to leading commercial and criminal barristers’ chambers. He has published numerous articles on Singapore and English law, and has a keen interest in advancing criminal justice in Singapore, including through the principled use of alternative sentencing.
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The Asian Business Law Institute has summarised, compared and contrasted the laws of the ten ASEAN member states, Australia, China, India, Japan and South Korea under 13 concise principles. This book is the output of an ambitious project by the Asian Business Law Institute to promote the harmonisation of foreign judgment rules in the region.
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Law is one of the most jargon-filled and least-understood of disciplines, and among its sub-branches, constitutional law is considered one of the most difficult and arcane. Yet, the Constitution affects every one of us in ways we seldom contemplate. In this volume, the reader is quickly introduced to the basic concepts of constitutionalism, such as the separation of powers, the rule of law and the principle of judicial review. In twelve succinct chapters, this book covers the basic structure of government in Singapore as well as the fundamental liberties protected under the Constitution.
Author(s)/Editor(s)/Contributor(s): Kevin Y. L. Tan
This issue features articles on: (a) the 1982 Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and how it has changed the Canadian criminal justice system; (b) the factors which affect the Hong Kong Judiciary in its interpretation of the constitutional right to be presumed innocent and the right against self-incrimination; (c) how ideas of constitutionalism, rule of law and fundamental rights have contributed to the development of criminal law in India; (d) the vulnerability of suspects, accused and convicted persons whilst in custody in South Africa and the possible explanations for it including a social justice deficit and ambiguity in commitment to constitutional values; (e) how interaction with the European Court of Human Rights has shaped the way that UK courts, governments and Parliament have acted on criminal justice issues and vice versa; (f) fair treatment developments in transnational and international criminal law at the international level and how national actors should approach these developments; (g) the need to shape the extent of criminal liability by taking into consideration the moral foundations of criminal law in Singapore; (h) state of the law in Singapore on aspects of the right of silence and the right of access to a lawyer of a suspect who is in custody; and (i) the evolution of Singapore’s criminal process and hopes for the future.
Author(s)/Editor(s)/Contributor(s): Associate Professor Chan Wing Cheong and Professor Michael Hor (guest editors)
Assembled across several years, Letters of the Law: An Anthology is a collection of letters written by each author to their younger selves—from those at the top of the legal chain to students just starting out. Tender and at times unrelenting, each letter foregrounds delicate anxieties and fears together with hopes and aspirations, and bridges the gap between each author’s present and future—surfacing a curiously inevitable sense of encouragement and reassurance when read and re-read.
This book is meant for those who feel like they’re running on empty, those who just need a respite mid-race, and those of every shade in between. The stories within these pages are not a solution, but a first step in exploring the vulnerability of someone else and, hopefully, discovering your own.
The second edition provides a comprehensive update on numerous developments that have taken place in Singapore’s sentencing jurisprudence since the publication of the first edition in 2009. Through in-depth commentaries and a new chapter on Community Sentences, the second edition covers developments in Singapore’s sentencing jurisprudence up to January 2019. Since the publication of the first edition, several key pieces of sentencing-related legislation (including the Criminal Procedure Code, the Penal Code and the Prisons Act) underwent many major amendments; and more than 700 judgments on sentencing were issued by the Court of Appeal and High Court (including about 150 sentencing guideline judgments).
Author: Kow Keng Siong
This book is the result of the Rule of Law Symposium that was convened in Singapore in May 2014 to consider the implications of the rule of law for development both in the South-East Asia region and globally. The chapters in this book represent a conversation between senior judges, scholars and lawyers from the worlds of business and private practice. There are four thematic sections, which address: the rule of law and development from a legal and policy perspective; the implications of the rule of law for business and finance; the rule of law in international investment disputes; and judicial reflections from the past or present heads of the Judiciary in England and Wales, Hong Kong and Singapore. The thematic sections are followed by individual contributions from former UN Legal Counsel, Ambassador Patricia O’Brien; Singapore’s Minister for Law and Foreign Affairs, Mr K Shanmugam, and The Honourable Solicitor-General Lionel Yee.
Author(s)/Editor(s)/Contributor(s): Sir Jeffrey Jowell, J Christopher Thomas QC, Jan van Zyl SmitRule of Law Symposium 2014$21.40CS