The Singapore Journal of Legal Studies
In The CISG and Commodity Sales: A Relationship to be Revisited?, Michael G
Bridge examines whether the United Nations Convention on the International Sale
of Goods is a suitable instrument for all types of international sales. He
observes and explains why there has been resolute resistance to the Convention
in commodity trades, citing the examples of oil, grain and soya transactions. He
also highlights the dominant position of English law in these trades, which
together with a large bank of precedents, can give certainty and predictability
to such transactions.
is the flagship law journal of the Faculty of Law,
National University of Singapore and one of the oldest law
journals in the Commonwealth. As the first and leading legal
journal in Singapore, it contains a rich store of legal
literature analysing the legal, political and social development
of Singapore in its progression from a developing to a First
World nation. The journal continues to advance the boundaries
of global and local developments in law, policy and legal
practice by publishing cogent and timely articles, legislation
comments and case notes on a biannual basis.
The highlights of this issue include...
In Motherless or Fatherless by Design: Child’s Welfare
as the First and Paramount Consideration & The Case Against Surrogacy & ART,
Dominic Chan examines the current state of law and policy in Singapore on
surrogacy, assisted reproduction technology (“ART”), and adoption in light of
the ministerial statements after UKM v Attorney-General. He highlights the
pressing concern of situations where overseas surrogacy and ART leave a child
fatherless or motherless for life and argues that this form of surrogacy and ART
should be urgently prohibited.
In Clarity in the Penal Code Definition of
Strict Liability, Ivan Lee explores whether the new definition for strict
liability, section 26H of the Penal Code, as introduced in the Criminal Law
Reform Act, can achieve the goal of clarifying the law on strict liability. He
argues that section 26H succeeds in entrenching the “formal” or “elemental”
approach to the concept, which is an advancement over the legal thought of the
pre-reform era. However, he questions the usefulness of section 26H to the
statutory interpretation of specific offences and warns that the section must be
interpreted carefully, at risk of leaving the law dangerously unstable.
NewSpace, Old Problems: Asset-Based Satellite Financing in the Asia-Pacific,
Jack Wright Nelson examines whether a lender can take a security interest over
an orbiting satellite. He compares the laws of Australia, Hong Kong and
Singapore to highlight the legal challenges that reduce the attractiveness of
satellite security interests and, as a corollary, the prospects for asset-based
satellite financing. He concludes that space-focused law reform is needed across
the region, given the changes underway in the current ‘NewSpace’ era.
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basis and publishes 2 issues a year in March and September.