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The Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 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.  

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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.

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.

In 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.

 
  



SJLS accepts submissions on a rolling basis and publishes 2 issues a year in March and September.

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