Reclaiming the Public Trust in Singapore
30 Pages Posted: 27 Jul 2006 Last revised: 5 Mar 2013
The public trust doctrine has been extensively used in American environmental legal advocacy. The doctrine has also been judicially applied in other jurisdictions, albeit to a lesser extent. Offering as a case study the recent events leading to the Government's decision to temporarily defer plans to reclaim Tanjung Chek Jawa, the article considers the application of the doctrine in Singapore, and concludes that the doctrine has a potentially useful role to play in improving environmental governance in view of the limited availability of avenues for citizens to hold the state legally accountable for the management of ecologically valuable land.
Keywords: public trust doctrine, land reclamation, Singapore
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