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This paper considers the extent to which the legal framework for making land use decisions in Singapore allows for public participation. It examines the issue from two angles: the creation and preservation of the built environment, and the transient use of public space. Where the first angle is concerned, the discussion focuses on planning law, compulsory acquisition law, and the legal regime for creating national monuments. As for the second angle, the paper looks at how the use of common spaces for assemblies and processions is regulated. The foregoing are examined in the context of Edward Soja’s assertion in Seeking Spatial Justice (2010) that the equitable distribution of resources, services and access in cities is an important right.


Constitutional law, assemblies and processions, land acquisition, land use, national monuments, planning law, Singapore, spatial justice


Constitutional Law | Land Use Law


10th Asian Law Institute Conference: Celebrating Diversity: 10 Years of ASLI

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National Law School of India University, Bengaluru (Bangalore), India, 23-24 May 2013