The Basic Structure Doctrine in Singapore: A Reply

Singapore Law Gazette (November 2014), 34

9 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2020

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Benjamin Joshua Ong

Singapore Management University - School of Law

Date Written: November 2014

Abstract

While there are important principles fundamental to the Singapore Constitution, they do not form a legally unchangeable "basic structure". Even if it were possible to identify a substantive "basic structure", its exact content would be indeterminate and we would be left with only broad, unhelpful truisms. Instead, the true safeguards against potential undesirable constitutional amendments lie in democratic political processes.

Keywords: basic structure doctrine, basic features doctrine, unamendability, Singapore

Suggested Citation

Ong, Benjamin Joshua, The Basic Structure Doctrine in Singapore: A Reply (November 2014). Singapore Law Gazette (November 2014), 34, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3681203

Benjamin Joshua Ong (Contact Author)

Singapore Management University - School of Law ( email )

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