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8 May 2020

The Development of Singapore Law: A Bicentennial Retrospective

The Honourable Judge of Appeal Andrew Phang, Goh Yihan & Jerrold Soh

Published on e-First 8 May 2020

The present article reviews (in broad brushstrokes) the status of Singapore law during its bicentennial year. It is not only about origins but also about growth – in particular, the autochthonous or indigenous growth of the Singapore legal system (particularly since the independence of Singapore as a nation state on 9 August 1965). The analysis of this growth is divided into quantitative as well as qualitative parts. In particular, the former constitutes an empirical analysis which attempts – for the very first time − to tell the development of Singapore law through numbers, building on emerging techniques in data visualisation and empirical legal studies.