WEBINAR (21 Apr 2021)
This webinar discusses challenges encountered in the teaching of constitutional and administrative law and the utility of casebooks as a pedagogical aid, in an age where public law scholarship is flourishing and litigation is burgeoning. Constitutionalism is a site where national history, custom, religion, social values and assumptions about government meet positive law, which underscores the importance of appreciating the constitution in context, in terms of universal principles of justice and autochthonous legal developments and local cultural and political imperatives such as the judicial identification with the ‘green light’ theory of administrative law. This webinar will examine some of the chief constitutional developments both within and beyond the courts, particularly those which have taken place since the 3rd edition (2010) of the casebook. This will include relational constitutionalism and the content of ‘harmony’ as a constitutional norm, basic structures doctrine, elections law, as well as leading cases which have impacted approaches towards what may be described as ‘three waves’ of constitutional interpretation in the young history of the Republic.
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With the growing maturation of Singapore public law and divergent developments in Malaysia, this fourth edition of what was formerly Constitutional Law in Malaysia and Singapore has been renamed Constitutional and Administrative Law in Singapore: Cases, Materials and Commentary to reflect its new jurisdiction specific focus. It contains six new chapters on administrative law covering the theory, scope and principles of judicial review, rule-making and standing, dealing with all major Singapore cases. This fourth edition has been thoroughly updated to take into account all major developments that have transpired since the last edition.
Like its previous iterations, this volume situates the study of public law within the political and socio-historical context that shapes how principles and rules of law develop. It retains its commitment to providing the reader with a comprehensive, accessible grounding in public law in terms of basic principles, institutional design and fundamental liberties, while providing materials that engage with the theoretical and conceptual aspects of constitutionalism, with comparative contrasts. The authors have provided questions to stimulate critical thinking through the materials and generous references for those wishing to dig deeper into a particular topic.
Written and curated by two scholars whose combined teaching experience span six decades, this work provides an authoritative, wide-ranging guide to understanding all aspects of the Singapore Constitution.
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