Constitutional Interpretation in Singapore

Author: Jaclyn L Neo
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317428080
Format: PDF, Mobi
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At the heart of constitutional interpretation is the struggle between, on the one hand, fidelity to founding meanings, and, on the other hand, creative interpretation to suit the context and needs of an evolving society. This book considers the recent growth of constitutional cases in Singapore in the last ten years. It examines the underpinnings of Singapore’s constitutional system, explores how Singapore courts have dealt with issues related to rights and power, and sets developments in Singapore in the wider context of new thinking and constitutional developments worldwide. It argues that Singapore is witnessing a shift in legal and political culture as both judges and citizens display an increasing willingness to engage with constitutional ideas and norms.

The Singapore Legal System

Author: Kevin Tan
Publisher: NUS Press
ISBN: 9789971692131
Format: PDF, Docs
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This is the second edition of the highly successful book first published in 1989. However, it has been extensively revised in content and updated: Eight out of 14 chapters are new including chapters such as The Constitutional Framework of Powers, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and The Singapore Legal System and International Law; and the law on all subjects has been updated.

The Constitution of Singapore

Author: Kevin YL Tan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1782258094
Format: PDF
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Singapore's Constitution was hastily cobbled together after her secession from the Federation of Malaysia in 1965. In the subsequent 50 years, the Constitution has been amended many times to evolve a Constitution like no other in the world. Outwardly, Singapore has a Westminster-type constitutional democracy, with an elected legislature, fundamental liberties and safeguards to ensure the independence of the judiciary. On closer inspection, the Constitution displays many innovative and unusual characteristics. Most notable among them are the various types of Members of Parliament that have been introduced since the mid-1980s, the office of the Elected President and the fact that there is no constitutional right to property. This volume seeks to explain the nature and context of these constitutional innovations in the context of a pluralistic, multi-ethnic state obsessed with public order and security. The volatile racial mix of Singapore, with its majority Chinese population nestled in a largely Malay/Islamic world, compels the state to search for ethnic management solutions through the Constitution to guarantee to the Malays and other ethnic minorities their status in the polity. In addition, it examines how the concept of the rule of law is perceived by the strong centrist state governed by a political party that has been in power since 1959 and continues to hold almost hegemonic power.

Singapore 50 constitutional moments that defined a nation

Author: Kevin YL Tan
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd
ISBN: 981467785X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Singapore inherited a Westminster-style constitution from the British who ruled the island for 140 years. Since Singapore’s independence in 1965, this constitution has been amended and augmented many times wherein unique institutions – such as the Elected Presidency and Group Representation Constitutions – were created. All these changes occurred against the backdrop of Singapore’s special geographical local, multi-ethnic population and vulnerability to externalities. This book features a collection of short essays describing and explaining 50 Constitutional Moments – major inflexion points in the trajectory of Singapore’s constitutional development. The authors have selected each of these ‘moments’ on the basis of their impact in the forging of the modern constitutional order. Starting in 1965, the book begins chronologically, from the ‘moment’ of Singapore’s expulsion from the Federation of Malaysia through the establishment of the Wee Chong Jin Constitutional Commission (1966) to the entrenchment of the sovereignty clause in the Constitution (1972) right through to the 2000s, with the Presidential Elections of 2011. In these easy-to-read essays, the reader is introduced to what the authors consider to be the most important episodes that have shaped the Singapore Constitution. These articles cover key events like President Ong Teng Cheong’s 1999 Press Conference and the 2001 Tudung controversy; constitutional amendments like the Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act (1990) and the introduction of Nominated Members of Parliament (1990); and seminal cases like Chng Suan Tze v Minister for Home Affairs (1989) and Yong Vui Kong v PP (2010 & 2015)) that have contributed to the sculpting of Singapore’s constitutional landscape.

Evolution of a Revolution

Author: Li-ann Thio
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113407123X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This book presents a timely assessment of the impact of history, politics and economics in shaping the Singapore Constitution, going beyond the descriptive narrative, the authors will cast a critical eye over the developments of the last 40 years.

An Introduction to Singapore s Constitution

Author: Kevin Tan
Publisher: Talisman
ISBN:
Format: PDF
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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. Written with a minimum of fuss and jargon, this book provides the high-school student and interested layperson with a compact and accessible guide to Singapore's Constitution. A comprehensive reading list, glossary and list of cases cited is included for those interested in a more in-depth exploration of this topic"--P. [4] of cover.

Handbuch Ius Publicum Europaeum

Author: Leonard Besselink
Publisher: C.F. Müller GmbH
ISBN: 3811495747
Format: PDF, ePub
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Die Edition „Ius Publicum Europaeum“ behandelt das Verfassungsrecht nebst Verfassungsprozessrecht und das Verwaltungsrecht im Lichte des gemeinsamen europäischen Rechtsraums. Dargestellt werden die Grundstrukturen der nationalen Verfassungen und deren Wissenschaft in repräsentativ ausgewählten Mitgliedstaaten der Europäischen Union, darunter die Gründerstaaten Deutschland, Frankreich und Italien. Die Idee dieses Handbuchs ist es, die unter dem Einfluss des europäischen Rechts stehenden nationalen Rechtsordnungen einer rechtsvergleichenden Analyse zu unterziehen und dabei Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede aufzuzeigen. Ausgangspunkt ist jeweils das nationale Recht. Die einzelnen Länderberichte sind nach einheitlichen Kriterien erstellt und erläutern die jeweiligen nationalen Grundlagen, so dass die Rechtsordnungen der einzelnen Staaten sehr gut miteinander vergleichbar sind. Führende Staats- und Verwaltungsrechtler aus ganz Europa wirken als Autoren an dieser Edition mit. Zunächst werden die historischen Grundlagen und dogmatischen Grundzüge der Verfassungs- und Regierungssysteme untersucht sowie die ihre Identität prägenden Entscheidungen herausgearbeitet. Den Beiträgen liegt ein einheitliche Gliederung zugrunde, die alle relevanten rechtsvergleichenden Gesichtspunkte beinhaltet. Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede werden analysiert, bedeutsame rechtsvergleichende Gesichtspunkte beleuchtet und ein Ausblick auf ein gemeinsames europäisches Verfassungsrecht formuliert. Im Anschluss wird unter dem Stichwort „Offene Staatlichkeit“ das nationale Europaverfassungsrecht behandelt. Eine wesentliche Rolle spielen insbesondere die Öffnung der Rechtsordnungen für das Europarecht, die Anforderungen nationaler Struktursicherungsklauseln an die Verfassung der EU und die Grenzen einer Europäisierung verfassungsrechtlicher Institutionen (u.a. Gewaltenteilung, Demokratieprinzip, Bürgerrechte, Gesetzgebungs- und Verordnungsrecht, Finanzverfassung). Schließlich wird die Wissenschaft vom Verfassungsrecht in den einzelnen Staaten untersucht.