Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

12-2012

Abstract

This article aims to assess the role played by the rule of law in discourse by critics of the Singapore Government’s policies and in the Government’s responses to such criticisms. It argues that in the past the two narratives clashed over conceptions of the rule of law, but there is now evidence of convergence of thinking as regards the need to protect human rights, though not necessarily as to how the balance between rights and other public interests should be struck. The article also examines why the rule of law must be regarded as a constitutional doctrine in Singapore, the legal implications of this fact, and how useful the doctrine is in fostering greater solicitude for human rights.

Keywords

Constitutional law, human rights law, rule of law, Singapore

Discipline

Asian Studies | Constitutional Law | Human Rights Law | Rule of Law

Research Areas

Commercial Law

Publication

Singapore Journal of Legal Studies

Volume

2012

Issue

1

First Page

298

Last Page

330

ISSN

0218-2173

Publisher

National University of Singapore Faculty of Law

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://works.bepress.com/jacklee/37/

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