Special Feature on Symposium on Contemporary Issues in Public Law: Introduction: Contemporary Issues in Public Law—Theory, Doctrine and Practice

5 Pages Posted: 24 Dec 2019

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Swati Jhaveri

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: December 23, 2019

Abstract

The special symposium sections of this and the September 2020 issues of the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies bring together a collection of papers that look at contemporary issues relating to public law in Singapore. In addition to looking at issues of theory and doctrine, the symposium will consider issues relating to public law litigation. Public law litigation remains an under-explored area in public law scholarship and one that is ripe for discussion. Not only has there been an increase in the number of applications for judicial review, there has also been an increasing diversity in the issues mooted in courts in recent years. For example, in the recent past, the courts have had to consider a challenge by a member of a particular geographical constituency of the constitutionality of the executive's decision not to call a by-election on the vacation of a parliamentary seat for that constituency; a challenge by a homosexual couple of the constitutionality of a provision of the Penal Code (Cap 224, 2008 Rev Ed Sing) restricting homosexual conduct in the absence of any criminal proceedings under the provision against them (with more challenges pertaining to section 377A of the Penal Code currently on the docket); a challenge by a member of an opposition political party of the constitutional vires of a loan made by the executive to an international funding body; a challenge by members of the Hindu religion of a ban on the use of musical instruments during an annual religious procession; a challenge by a Sikh prisoners' counsellor of a policy on hair for prisoners that affected members of a particular religion; a challenge by a potential electoral candidate on the absence of a by-election on the vacation of a seat in a group representation constituency; and challenges to the validity of constitutional amendments relating to the elected presidency.

Suggested Citation

Jhaveri, Swati, Special Feature on Symposium on Contemporary Issues in Public Law: Introduction: Contemporary Issues in Public Law—Theory, Doctrine and Practice (December 23, 2019). Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, Sep 2019, pp 289-293, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3508478

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