The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been transformed from a periodic meeting of ministers to become the most important regional organisation in Asia’s history. An important tension in this transformation is the question of whether the ‘ASEAN way’ — defined by consultation and consensus, rather than enforceable obligations — is consistent with the […]more…
Too Many Lawyers?
“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” Every lawyer is familiar with Dick the Butcher’s line from Shakespeare’s “Henry VI, Part 2”. Most also appreciate its double significance. Typically the line is invoked in jest — a shorthand example of the many jokes about lawyers that accuse our profession of being something […]more…
Artificial intelligence is viewed by many as the defining technology of the 21st century. But how can we ensure that its benefits outweigh the potential risks? This think piece takes the one-year anniversary of the first pedestrian death caused by an autonomous vehicle to consider the question of whether and how regulation can mitigate the […]
Prior to independence, legal education was all but non-existent in Singapore and many other colonies. This essay brieﬂy discusses that colonial context before going on to describe how the National Uni-versity of Singapore Faculty of Law came to play an important part in Singapore’s rule of law story as Singapore’s national law school, a global […]
Are universities the means by which a society produces employees to fulfil specific roles in the economy? Or should we cater to the needs and desires of individual students (and their parents)? Put more simply, are our students products? Or are they customers?
Next year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Kosovo conflict that was the genesis of the responsibility to protect (‘R2P’). This doctrine was developed precisely as an alternative to humanitarian intervention — the notion that unilateral force can be used to protect human rights in another state. The term was coined by a commission established […]
The adoption of the Personal Data Protection Act transformed the legal regime for data protection in Singapore. This book explains the history and evolution of data protection in Singapore, highlights issues that are being worked out in practice, and derives lessons that Singapore can learn from other jurisdictions – and that other jurisdictions can learn […]
The adoption of the Personal Data Protection Act transformed the legal regime for data protection in Singapore. This book explains the history and evolution of data protection in Singapore, highlights issues that are being worked out in practice and derives lessons that Singapore can learn from other jurisdictions – and that other jurisdictions can learn […]
How “public” is public international law? Despite its natural law origins, international law has long privileged the role of the state. Today, NGOs and civil society actors play an increasingly important role — offering a voice for the disenfranchised through their advocacy, and a helping hand for the disadvantaged through their operations. Calls for accountability […]