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.
constitutional law, English law, Magna Carta, Singapore
Asian Studies | Constitutional Law | Political Science
Law, Society and Governance
Singapore Mediacorp Press
TAN, Eugene K. B. and LEE, Jack Tsen-Ta.
Magna Carta Then and Now: A Symbol of Freedom and Equal Rights for All. (2015). Today. 16-17. Research Collection School Of Law.
Available at: http://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/sol_research/1526
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