Magna Carta Then and Now: A Symbol of Freedom and Equal Rights for All

Today, pp. 16-17, November 19, 2015

4 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2015

See all articles by Eugene Kheng Boon Tan

Eugene Kheng Boon Tan

Singapore Management University - School of Law; Singapore Management University - Centre for AI & Data Governance

Jack Tsen-Ta Lee

Independent

Date Written: November 19, 2015

Abstract

Magna Carta became applicable to Singapore in 1826 when a court system administering English law was established in the Straits Settlements. This remained the case through Singapore’s evolution from Crown colony to independent republic. The Great Charter only ceased to apply in 1993, when Parliament enacted the Application of English Law Act to clarify which colonial laws were still part of Singapore law. Nonetheless, Magna Carta’s legacy in Singapore continues in a number of ways. Principles such as due process of law and the supremacy of law are cornerstones of the rule of law, vital to the success, stability and well-being of Singapore and Singaporeans. The story of Singapore constitutionalism is also one of legacy, adaptation and innovation.

Keywords: Constitution of Singapore, due process, Magna Carta, rule of law

JEL Classification: K19

Suggested Citation

Tan, Eugene Kheng Boon and Lee, Jack Tsen-Ta, Magna Carta Then and Now: A Symbol of Freedom and Equal Rights for All (November 19, 2015). Today, pp. 16-17, November 19, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2693161

Eugene Kheng Boon Tan

Singapore Management University - School of Law ( email )

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Singapore Management University - Centre for AI & Data Governance ( email )

55 Armenian Street
Singapore
Singapore

Jack Tsen-Ta Lee (Contact Author)

Independent ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://jacklee.info

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