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The Singapore Journal of Legal Studies has been in continuous publication since 1959 when it first appeared as the University of Malaya Law Review. Institutional changes made it necessary for the Journal to be re-named twice, first as the Malaya Law Review and then the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies. Together with its predecessor journals (the University of Malaya Law Review and the Malaya Law Review), the Journal is one of the oldest legal journals in the British Commonwealth. As the first and leading legal journal in Singapore, it has witnessed the legal, political and social development of Singapore as it progressed from being a Third World country to a First World country. The Journal has traced the development of common law in Asia, particularly, Singapore and Malaysia.

The Journal covers both domestic and international legal developments. Singapore, as an independent legal system founded on the English legal system, has made distinctive contributions to the common law, while continuing to engage with and draw guidance from other common law jurisdictions, including England, Australia, Canada, and occasionally from the United States of America. Since the inception of the Singapore Journal of International and Comparative Law (1997), later succeeded by the Singapore Yearbook of International Law (2005), succeeded by the Asian Journal of International Law, the Journal now focuses on legal developments in Singapore, Asia and the common law world.

The Journal publishes articles on private and public international law as well as comparative law. It features topics with theoretical or practical appeal or a mixture of both. The Journal continues to interest lawyers, academics and observers in and outside the common law world. It has been cited by leading common law courts such as the House of Lords, the Supreme Court of Canada, the High Court of Australia, the High Court of Malaysia and the Supreme Court of Singapore.

The Journal is a faculty-managed publication with its Editorial Committee drawn from the Law Faculty of the National University of Singapore (NUS). It has an Advisory Board composed of eminent legal personalities from other institutions in Singapore and abroad. It is fully peer-reviewed under conditions of anonymity by subject specialists within and outside the NUS Law Faculty.

Past articles published in the journal continue to be found useful by judges. Citations by the Singapore courts in 2020 and 2021 include:

Michael Hor, “Corroboration: Rules and Discretion in the Search for Truth” [2000] Sing JLS 509 in Public Prosecutor v GCK and another matter [2020] SGCA 2; Chan Wing Cheong, “Applications under the Guardianship of Infants Act” [1998] Sing JLS 182 in VET v VEU [2020] SGHCF 4; Goh Yihan, “The Inherent Jurisdiction and Inherent Powers of the Singapore Courts: Rethinking the Limits of Their Exercise” [2011] Sing JLS 178 in Retrospect Investment (S) Pte Ltd v Lateral Solutions Pte Ltd [2020] SGCA 15; Thio Li-Ann, “The Virtual and the Real: Article 14, Political Speech and the Calibrated Management of Deliberative Democracy in Singapore” [2008] Sing JLS 25 in The Online Citizen Pte Ltd v Attorney-General [2020] SGHC 36; Tan Yock Lin, “Good Faith Choice of a Law to Govern a Contract” [2014] Sing JLS 307 in Lew, Solomon v Kaikhushru Shiavax Nargolwala and others [2020] SGHC(I) 2; Jeffrey Pinsler, "The Inherent Powers of the Court" [1997] Sing JLS 1 in Siva Kumar s/o Avadiar v Quek Leng Chuang [2020] SGCA 110; Teo Keang Sood, “Strata Title and Commonhold – A Look at Selected Aspects of the Singapore and English Legislation” [2008] Sing JLS 420 in Yeo Sok Hoon v Tan Thiam Chye [2020] SGHC 202; Teo Keang Sood, “Management Corporation: Common Property and Structural Defects” [2016] Sing JLS 149 in Yeo Sok Hoon v Tan Thiam Chye [2020] SGHC 202; Tan Yock Lin, “The Incomprehensible Burden of Proof” [1994] Sing JLS 29 in Ranjit Singh s/o Ramdarsh Singh v Harisankar Singh [2020] SGHC 243; Mindy Chen-Wishart, “Consideration and Serious Intention” [2009] Sing JLS 434 in Ma Hongjin v SCP Holdings Pte Ltd [2020] SGCA 106; Lee Eng Beng, “The Avoidance Provisions of the Bankruptcy Act 1995 and their Application to Companies” [1995] Sing JLS 597 in Christie Hamish Alexander v Tan Boon Kian [2021] SGHC 62; Ho Hock Lai, “On the Obtaining and Admissibility of Incriminating Statements” [2016] Sing JLS 249 in Public Prosecutor v Adaikalaraj a/l Iruthayam [2020] SGDC 141.

Apart from its paper circulation, the journal is also available electronically through LawNetWestLawHeinOnlineProquestHW WilsonRMIT and SSRN. The Wilson Index to Legal Periodicals and Google Scholar are linked to the SSRN database. The journal may be cited as "Sing JLS".