An Employers’ Guide to CPF Contributions

Reading Time: 7 minutesIntroduction Central Provident Fund (“CPF”) is sometimes referred to as “Calculate, Pay or get Fined” by Singaporean employers. This is because the Central Provident Fund Act requires them to contribute to their employees’ CPF accounts or get fined for failure to do so.[1] If you are an employer, you may have questions about such contributions. […]

A Summary of “The Rule Of Law” by Tom Bingham: Part 2

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn Part 2 of this summary of “The Rule of Law” by Tom Bingham, we will look at the remaining 4 out of 8 of his 8 principles that explore the rule of law more thoroughly. If you haven’t already, read Part 1 here. Fifth, the law must afford adequate protection of fundamental human rights. […]

A Summary of “The Rule Of Law” by Tom Bingham: Part 1

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn this summary of “The Rule of Law” by Tom Bingham, we will look at 4 out of 8 of his 8 principles that explore the rule of law more thoroughly and break down the general concept of it.  First, the law must be accessible and so far as possible intelligible, clear and predictable.  This […]

SMU Lexicon: Winning but not Winning — Sharing Lottery Winnings In The Event of a Divorce (BOI v BOJ [2019] 2 SLR 114)

Reading Time: 6 minutesIntroduction Striking the lottery usually calls for celebration. However, for lottery winners who have not had quite the same fortune in their marriage and are contemplating a divorce, perhaps the celebrations should not start just yet. In the recent decision of BOI v BOJ (“BOI”),[1] the apex court clarified that lottery winnings received during a […]

SMU Lexicon: Damages For Defamation — How Are They Assessed?

Reading Time: 6 minutesIntroduction Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it sure burned in one. No wonder then, that defamation is treated seriously – a person’s reputation takes ages to build, yet a single incident, a statement in a newspaper, a remark in a magazine, or even a seemingly innocuous comment online is enough to ruin it. […]

SMU Lexicon: An Overview of Defamation

Reading Time: 9 minutesThis article was co-authored by Samantha Ee and Sonia Elizabeth Rajendra, students from Singapore Management University, School of Law (Class of 2021). Introduction Of all the weapons man could invent, the most terrible – and the most powerful – was the word.[1] In today’s digital era, statements made on social media can be easily shared, […]

SMU Lexicon: Protection from the Peeping Tom – Interpreting the New Offence of Voyeurism

Reading Time: 18 minutesIntroduction A series of voyeurism incidents on university campuses in 2019,[1] as well as recent news of Telegram chat groups set up to share obscene images,[2] have highlighted the prevalence of these offences[3] and the need for the law to catch up. Following the passing of the Criminal Law Reform Act 2019,[4] such situations will […]

SMU Lexicon: Airplane Accidents – Understanding your rights under Article 17(1) and 21(1) of the Montreal Convention

Reading Time: 8 minutes“People who board planes are not afraid of flying. They are afraid of not flying.” – Winne Micah. Introduction October 29, 2018. Flight 610, Lion Air smashes into the Java Sea off Indonesia, killing all 189 souls aboard.[1] This is swiftly followed by Flight 302, Ethiopian Airlines, which crashes in Bishoftu, Ethiopia.[2] Again, no survivors […]

How Do I Represent Myself In A Criminal Case—And Should I Do It?

Reading Time: 9 minutesImagine that you’ve found yourself in a sticky situation: you’ve been arrested for a crime. Shoplifting, arson—maybe even vandalism. As you’re sitting in the interrogation room, one thought flashes across your mind: you need to get a lawyer.  But it’s possible that you might also have considered a very radical alternative—DIY justice. Maybe you’ve just […]

why the law is so convoluted: it's a feature not a bug
Why The Language of the Law Is So Convoluted: It’s A Feature, Not A Bug

Reading Time: 7 minutesDense, convoluted and utterly impenetrable to the layperson. One need only cast one’s eyes upon the Penal Code’s six-line, 102-word definition of ‘cheating’ to understand why this is the common perception of most legal documents.  It seems intuitive that having laws isn’t very helpful if the only way you can understand them is by taking […]

Online Bullying

Reading Time: 6 minutesThis article was written by Nadia Moynihan from August Law with the assistance of Annette Liew, an L.L.B. undergraduate at Singapore Management University’s School of Law. Cyberbullying as a phenomenon has grown exponentially over the last two decades and Singapore apparently now has the second highest incidence of cyberbullying in the world. This should not be surprising, […]

This Side of the Fence: #2 – The Client

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn this monthly series, a young litigator shares insights into his work with accused persons, especially those facing the death penalty. Each edition will walk through a particular phase of the criminal litigation process. It is his fervent hope that one day, we can all learn to empathize with, and not just vilify, those accused of […]