Citation(2020) 32 SAcLJ 345
Date01 December 2020
Published date01 December 2020

1 It is a singular honour and privilege to be invited to write the introduction for this unique edition of the Singapore Academy of Law Journal, as guest editor. This stems from the fact that the journal is widely recognised as a publication reflecting the forefront of current legal thought and education in the region.

2 This particular special edition is unique in that it represents the spirit of collaboration and co-operation between the judiciaries of Singapore and Malaysia in publishing articles reflecting contemporary legal thought and progress in our respective jurisdictions in selected areas of the law. We have, in Malaysia, recently published a special edition of the Journal of the Malaysian Judiciary comprising scholarly articles by prominent judges and authors from Singapore, on the law and legal thinking in the jurisdiction. We were particularly gratified that the renowned and erudite Honourable Judge of Appeal Andrew Phang was guest editor, as well as a contributor, for our special edition. This resulted in a meticulously chosen and authored series of articles providing a comprehensive review on important current legal issues in Singapore. There is little doubt that the special edition of the Journal of the Malaysian Judiciary will be greeted with great enthusiasm throughout the legal profession in Malaysia.

3 The seeds for a stronger collaboration between the two judiciaries were initially sowed by the Chief Justice of Singapore, the Honourable the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon and our previous Chief Justice of Malaysia, The Right Honourable Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Richard Malanjum, towards the end of 2018. One of the rewards of such collaboration is this special edition, to which we are honoured to contribute. This exchange of legal knowledge and awareness is attributable, more particularly to the Honourable Judge of Appeal Judith Prakash and the Honourable Justice Belinda Ang Saw Ean, who first mooted the idea of these publications in each of our jurisdictions.

4 I am deeply grateful to them and Justice Phang for the considerable thought and deliberation that went into this, making this idea a reality.

5 The specialist authors whom we invited to contribute largely determined the selection of topics in this publication. These authors represent a segment of our foremost legal thinkers in a variety of fields, which, we trust, are of interest to the members of the legal profession in Singapore. The hallmark of these articles is...

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