A Treatise on Singapore Constitutional Law explores how constitutional law operates within the context of a non-liberal, secular constitutional democracy, within a religiously and racially diverse social setting. This treatise is concerned with both theory and doctrine, with explaining the black letter rules of constitutional practice and their underlying rationales, as well as critically examining how they work in practice. It seeks to draw out the broader significance of legal rules by identifying their underlying legal philosophy and engages the normative, conceptual and empirical dimensions of constitutional law, to present a thorough study of the law in Singapore. This book addresses both what the state of the law “is”, and evaluates this against what it “ought” to be or to aspire towards.
This book is a valuable resource for scholars of the subject, for law students, and also for lawyers who are unfamiliar with the intricacies and nuances of constitutional adjudication in Singapore and who are interested in Singapore’s developments in constitutional making and governance of a successful modern state. Highlights: - Insightful discussions on innovative constitutional practices in Singapore, such as the elected presidency with limited powers, unelected parliamentarians, etc - Comprehensive inclusion of comparative references from India, Malaysia, Commonwealth and other common law-based countries - Well-footnoted throughout with extensive references