Publication Type

News Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

11-2015

Abstract

Magna Carta became applicable to Singapore in 1826 when a court system administering English law was established in the Straits Settlements. This remained the case through Singapore’s evolution from Crown colony to independent republic. The Great Charter only ceased to apply in 1993, when Parliament enacted the Application of English Law Act to clarify which colonial laws were still part of Singapore law. Nonetheless, Magna Carta’s legacy in Singapore continues in a number of ways. Principles such as due process of law and the supremacy of law are cornerstones of the rule of law, vital to the success, stability and well-being of Singapore and Singaporeans. The story of Singapore constitutionalism is also one of legacy, adaptation and innovation.

Keywords

constitutional law, English law, Magna Carta, Singapore

Discipline

Asian Studies | Constitutional Law | Political Science

Research Areas

Law, Society and Governance

Publication

Today

First Page

16

Last Page

17

ISSN

7237-4163

Publisher

Singapore Mediacorp Press

Copyright Owner and License

Eugene K. B. Tan, Jack Tsen-Ta Lee

Additional URL

http://ssrn.com/abstract=2693161

Comments

This article was published in Today (19 November 2015) at 16-17, and is available online at http://www.todayonline.com/commentary/magna-carta-then-and-now (archived at https://perma.cc/5UHJ-GJBS). It may also be obtained from SelectedWorks at http://works.bepress.com/jacklee/58/ and the Social Sciences Research Network at http://ssrn.com/abstract=2693161.

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