Title

The Interpretation of the Singapore Constitution: Towards a unified approach to interpreting legal documents

Publication Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

7-2016

Abstract

The interpretation of the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore (1985 Rev Ed, 1999 Reprint) ('the Constitution') takes place alongside the interpretation of other legal documents, such as statutes and contracts. However, the relationship between the interpretation of one type of legal document and another is seldom, if ever, discussed. It is usually assumed that the interpretation of each type of legal document takes places within the confines of its own rules, with little or no relationship to the interpretation of other legal documents. Indeed, Lord Wilberforce has said in Minister of Home Affairs v Fisher that constitutions should be treated as sui generis and be interpreted on their own terms.

Keywords

Constitution, Singapore, Law, Constitutional law

Discipline

Asian Studies | Constitutional Law

Research Areas

Law, Society and Governance

Publication

Constitutional Interpretation in Singapore: Theory and Practice

Editor

Jaclyn L. Neo

First Page

257

Last Page

288

ISBN

9781138914483

Publisher

Routledge

City or Country

Oxford

Additional URL

http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781138914483