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