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Anything But The Law: Essays On Politics & EconomicsAnything But The Law: Essays On Politics & Economics by Thomas, Tommy

"With legal acumen and moral vision, Tommy Thomas presents a compelling narrative for a version of statehood that is inclusive and accountable…Thomas offers a riveting chronicle and judicious analysis of two contentious political issues - the bifurcation of Islamic state vs secularism and the social contract…The author laments that his foray into economics is with much trepidation; but he seems to be an advertent economist in his essays on unbridled US market capitalism and financial crisis. This might turn him into a 'public enemy' of the 'robber barons'" - Anwar Ibrahim, Former Deputy Prime Minister & Former Leader of the Opposition.

Abuse Of Power: Selected Works On The Law And ConstitutionAbuse Of Power: Selected Works On The Law And Constitution by Thomas, Tommy

"Amongst the select group of constitutional law advocates in Malaysia, Tommy Thomas ranks among the best - fearless, dedicated, committed and vocal in his decades-old pursuit to entrench respect for fundamental rights and liberties for the ordinary Malaysian…This timely collection of essays should be read by lawyers and non-lawyers alike for its valuable insights into important constitutional issues, and for the thinking jurist, it will serve as a beacon of conscience into what is right, correct and proper under the Constitution." - Dato' Mohamad Ariff Yusof, Retired Judge of the Court of Appeal.

Singapore Chronicles: ConstitutionSingapore Chronicles: Constitution by Tan, Kevin Yl

Unlike many former British colonies, Singapore has prospered without abandoning the established constitutional order. This book traces the development of Singapore's Constitution. It analyses Singapore's unique representative model, and the roles of the Executive, and the Judiciary. Citizenship, equality, fairness and the minorities are issues that are treated within this constitutional framework, as is the protection of human rights. The book holds that the Singapore Constitution is a pragmatic document that facilitates governmental action for social and economic progress while assuring the public of a large measure of stability.

Singapore Chronicles: LawSingapore Chronicles: Law by Goh Yihan

This book tells the story of the Singapore legal system. Beginning with the British years, it moves on to the post-independence period, when a new Singapore had to grapple with the judicious mix of legacy laws and new laws that the new environment demanded. That was followed by the years of expansion as the complexity of the local environment deepened. The legal system had to be further refined as Singapore embraced technological advances and globalisation. This is a story of a fast changing and yet remarkably stable legal system that has been the cornerstone of Singapore's commitment to the rule of law.

Constitution Of Singapore, The: A Contextual AnalysisConstitution Of Singapore, The: A Contextual Analysis by Tan, Kevin Yl Tan

Singapore's Constitution was hastily drafted after her secession from the Federation of Malaysia in 1965. In the subsequent 45 years, the Constitution has been amended many times to evolve a Constitution like no other in the world. Outwardly, Singapore has a Westminster-type constitutional democracy, with an elected legislature, fundamental liberties and safeguards to ensure the independence of the judiciary. On closer inspection, the Constitution displays many innovative and unusual characteristics. This volume seeks to explain the nature and context of these constitutional innovations in the context of a pluralistic, multi-ethnic state obsessed with public order and security.

Teens And The Law by

Teens & the Law provides teens with the basic principles of legal protection and helps them understand the real life consequences and penalties of breaking the law. It also provides sources of additional information such as websites on the issues faced by teenagers in today's context and where they can turn to for counselling solutions. It is the only book in Singapore that explains the law relating to teenagers in simple English! Edition 2 was published in 2014 and contains the most updated legal information.

Monarchy And The Constitution In Malaysia, TheMonarchy And The Constitution In Malaysia, The by Abdul Aziz Bari

This book is a must read for those interested in the working of constitutional democracy in Malaysia for several reasons. Firstly, it deals with the legal issues in a comprehensive way. Unlike most law books that are opaque for lay readers, it is accessible even for non-lawyers due to the lucid way it deals with the subject. Secondly, it is the only work that deals with the legitimacy of the position and roles of the Malaysian monarchy in modern democracy - something that appeals not only to Malaysian but also to those from countries that still retain the institution. Originally a doctoral thesis, the book takes a look at the history and development of the monarchy in Malaysia, which provide the moral bases for its constitutional roles. This is essentially what the provisions in the current constitution are all about. Even though the book deals mainly with the justifications for the continuance of the monarchy institution, it is nonetheless relevant for present-day issues and controversies as those justifications are basically the answers for those questions. These are also the standards by which to judge whether the actions - or inactions - taken by the rulers were justifiable. As such, even though the book does not deal with the more recent crises such as the Perak political crisis in 2009, one may find answers alluded to in the relevant chapters. This is one of the reasons why this book will continue to be relevant in years to come.

Introduction To Singapore's Constitution, An (Revised Edition)Introduction To Singapore's Constitution, An (Revised Edition) by Tan, Kevin Y. L.

Law is one of the most jargon-filled and least-understood of disciplines, and among its sub-branches, constitutional law is considered one of the most difficult and arcane. Yet, the Constitution affects every one of us in ways we seldom contemplate. In this volume, the reader is quickly introduced to the basic concepts of constitutionalism, such as the separation of powers, the rule of law and the principle of judicial review. In twelve succinct chapters, this book covers the basic structure of government in Singapore as well as the fundamental liberties protected under the constitution.

Legal Consensus: Supreme Executive, Supine Jurisprudence, Suppliant Profession Of SingaporeLegal Consensus: Supreme Executive, Supine Jurisprudence, Suppliant Profession Of Singapore by Tsun Hang Tey

By a former Law Officer and Director of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, National University of Singapore, exploration of the role of the judiciary and the functioning of Singapore's legal system does not avoid "sensitive issues". Some of these include: the Criminal Due Process; Civil-Political Rights; Political Defamation; "Scandalising" the Judiciary; the Death Penalty; Diminishing the Judiciary; and the Executive-Law Society Connection.

Asian Legal Revivals: Lawyers In The Shadow Of EmpireAsian Legal Revivals: Lawyers In The Shadow Of Empire by Dezalay, Yves; Bryant G. Garth

More than a decade ago, before globalization became a buzzword, Yves Dezalay and Bryant G. Garth established themselves as leading analysts of how that process has shaped the legal profession. Drawing upon the insights of Pierre Bourdieu, Asian Legal Revivals explores the increasing importance of the positions of the law and lawyers in South and Southeast Asia. Dezalay and Garth argue that the current situation in many Asian countries can only be fully understood by looking to their differing colonial experiences - and in considering how those experiences have laid the foundation for those societies' legal profession today. Deftly tracing the transformation of the relationship between law and state into different colonial settings, the authors show how nationalist legal elites in countries such as India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and South Korea came to wield political power as agents in the move toward national independence. Including fieldwork from over 350 interviews, Asian Legal Revivals illuminates the more recent past and present of these legally changing nations and explains the profession's recent revival of influence, as spurred on by American geopolitical and legal interests.

Law And Long-Term Economic Change A Eurasian PerspectiveLaw And Long-Term Economic Change A Eurasian Perspective by Debin Ma; Jan Luiten Van Zanden

Recently, a growing body of work on "law and finance" and "legal origins" has highlighted the role of formal legal institutions in shaping financial institutions. However, these writings have focused largely on Europe, neglecting important non-Western traditions that prevail in a large part of the world. Covering the regions of Western Europe, East and South Asia, and the Middle East, the chapters explore major themes regarding the nature and evolution of different legal regimes; their relationship with the state or organized religion; the definition and interpretation of ownership and property rights; the functioning of courts, and other mechanisms for dispute resolution and contract enforcement; and the complex dynamics of legal transplantations through processes such as colonization. The text makes clear that the development of legal traditions and institutions-as embodiments of cultural values and norms-exerts a strong effect on long-term economic change. And it demonstrates that a good understanding of legal origins around the world enriches any debate about Great Divergence in the early modern era, as well as development and underdevelopment in 19th-20th century Eurasia.

Law Of Reputation And Brands In The Asia Pacific, TheLaw Of Reputation And Brands In The Asia Pacific, The by Kenyon, Andrew T.; Megan Richardson Et Al (Eds.)

Efforts to expand the scope of legal protection given to reputation and brands in the Asia Pacific region have led to considerable controversy. Written by a variety of experts, the essays in this book consider the developing law of reputation and brands in a fraught area.

Law And Legal Institutions Of Asia: Traditions, Adaptations And InnovationsLaw And Legal Institutions Of Asia: Traditions, Adaptations And Innovations by Black, E. Ann; Gary F. Bell (Eds.)

The study of Asia and its plural legal systems is of increasing significance, both within and outside Asia. Law and Legal Institutions of Asia is the first book to offer a comprehensive assessment of eleven key jurisdictions in Asia - China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore and the Philippines. Written by academics and practitioners with particular expertise in their state or territory, each chapter uses a breakthrough approach, facilitating cross-jurisdictional comparisons and giving essential insights into how law functions in different ways across the region and in each of the individual jurisdictions.

International Commercial Arbitration: An Asia Pacific PerspectiveInternational Commercial Arbitration: An Asia Pacific Perspective by Greenberg, Simon; Christopher Kee Et Al.

There has been an exponential rise in the use of ICA for resolving international business disputes, yet international arbitration is a scarcely regulated, specialty industry. International Commercial Arbitration: An Asia Pacific Perspective is the first book to explain ICA topic by topic with an Asia Pacific focus. Written for students and practising lawyers alike, this authoritative book covers the principles of ICA thoroughly and comparatively. For each issue it utilises academic writings from Asia, Europe and elsewhere, and draws on examples of legislation, arbitration procedural rules and case law from the major Asian jurisdictions. Each principle is explained with a simple statement before proceeding to more technical, theoretical or comparative content. Real-world scenarios are employed to demonstrate actual application to practice. International Commercial Arbitration is an invaluable resource that provides unique insight into real arbitral practice specific to the Asia Pacific region, within a global context. With glossary and index.

Environmental Law In China: Mitigating Risk And Ensuring ComplianceEnvironmental Law In China: Mitigating Risk And Ensuring Compliance by Mcelwee, Charles

In recent years, China's leaders have started to confront the environmental, economic, and social costs of unchecked development. China's increasing reliance on foreign oil has engendered national security fears and launched a drive for more efficient transportation systems and domestic renewable energy projects. Meanwhile, pressure from a rising middle class and the international community has focused leadership attention on ways to make China's economic engine run more efficiently and with less impact upon the domestic and global environment. This profound shift in priorities has elevated environmental sustainability to the top of the national agenda. To advance this new agenda, the environmental laws that China has enacted over the past 30 years are being strengthened, and new environmental regulations and standards are being issued everyday. Entities operating in China are faced with the need to understand the impact of China's environmental law requirements upon their businesses, and to take actions to ensure that they are in compliance with those requirements. In Environmental Law in China: Managing Risk and Ensuring Compliance, Charles McElwee addresses how China's environmental regulatory and legal frameworks are structured, how to maintain operational compliance with the environmental laws and regulations, how to ensure products sold in China comply with environmental regulations, and the potential risks and liabilities that attend non-compliance. McElwee offers unique insight into how environmental law is in fact applied, setting forth a realistic account of the way companies encounter Chinese environmental regulations at both the local and national levels.

Japanese LawJapanese Law by Hiroshi Oda

This book presents the only English language, up-to-date, and comprehensive reference to Japanese law. It covers a wide range of topics, from the fundamentals of the Japanese legal system to the Civil Code, which is the cornerstone of private law in Japan and business related laws in a comprehensive manner. The author presents the current state of Japanese law in operation by referring to numerous cases and the latest discussions. Since the last edition in 1999, Japanese Law, in almost every area, has undergone substantial reform, all of which is reflected in the new text. In particular, the new edition contains the first comprehensive analysis of the new Company Law and the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law.

Islam, Law And The State In Southeast Asia. Volume Iii - Malaysia And BruneiIslam, Law And The State In Southeast Asia. Volume Iii - Malaysia And Brunei by Lindsey, Tim; Kerstin Steiner (Ed.)

This volume traces the development of a unique 'Anglo-Malay madhhab' in these states, initially by colonial and latterly by successor states. In Malaysia and Brunei, shari'ah has been filtered through Anglo-common law state institutions, creating a hybrid 'Anglo-Muslim' mixture of legal doctrines.

Islam, Law And The State In Southeast Asia. Volume I - IndonesiaIslam, Law And The State In Southeast Asia. Volume I - Indonesia by Lindsey, Tim

Based on extensive fieldwork, this volume gives a detailed account of current debates, legal institutions and substantive laws, explicitly asking whether a uniquely Indonesian approach to Shari'ah can be identified, as many local Muslim leaders have long argued is the case.

Towards A History Of Law In Malaysia And SingaporeTowards A History Of Law In Malaysia And Singapore by Ahmad Ibrahim

2011 reissue of the 1992 publication of the First Braddell Memorial lecture given in 1970 by the Tan Sri Datuk Ahaed Ibrahim (D. 1916) who has had of course wide experience of the law in both Singapore and Malaysia. Law and the forms of its survival and of customary law as well as the 1786 beginnings of Colonial/ British Law in Penang and subsequently in the Straits Settlements. Legal provisions and practice in the mid-19th century onwards is traced through to various modifications and developments under the Federation of Malaya . The third section reviews aspects of legal history in the Borneo States. It should of course be noted that the lecture was given in 1970. With bibliography and index.

Modernization, Tradition And Identity: The Kompilasi Hukum Islam And Legal Practice In The Indonesian Religious CourtsModernization, Tradition And Identity: The Kompilasi Hukum Islam And Legal Practice In The Indonesian Religious Courts by Nurlaelawati, Euis

This book looks at the extent to which the judges of the Indonesian religious court have referred to the Kompilasi Hukum Islam as a close or legislated code in resolving the cases. The book stresses the role of judges at the religious courts and shows how a different perspective can produce different pictures and how the main actors in what other legal scholars portray as the success story of Indonesia's legal system, if depicted from a different angle, suddenly become weak and powerless figures, lacking strong weapons. Using Weber's approach on legal rationalization, the book investigates important dynamics in the history of Islamic justice and portrays the shift of legal awareness among Muslims in the country.