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Holders of an Oxford SSO can access Halsbury's Laws of Singapore, Law and Practice of Singapore ncome Tax, Woon's Corporation Law via LexisLIbrary's International Content.
The Law Bod shelves its collection of current Singaporean law books on Level One, one floor below the entrance level. The shelf mark begins Cw Sing. (The prefix Cw indicates a member of the Commonwealth, the voluntary association of 54 independent and equal countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific)
There is no subject arrangement, the books are arranged by the last name of the author or editor.
On Level 2, the level at which you enter the Law Library, an area of the open shelf collection has books with shelf marks beginning General.
This is where you will find comparative studies, and works surveying the response to legal problems in two or more jurisdictions.
Sometimes the comparison will be between or among other Asian states, sometimes between one or more Asian states and one or more jurisdictions from elsewhere in the world.
Also on Level 2 is a smaller collection with shelf marks beginning Cw Gen. This has books where all the jurisdictions under comparison are (or were) members of the Commonwealth (the voluntary association of 54 independent and equal countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific).
On Level 3, one floor above the entrance level to the Law Library, an area of the open shelf collection has books with shelf marks beginning Internat (short for public international law). These books are further arranged by topic as described below.
Also on Level 3 is an area of the open shelf collection with books with shelf marks beginning Private Int. (This is short for private international law or conflict of laws as it is sometimes called.) In this section books are simply arranged by the last name of the author or editor, not by topic.
Subject arrangement of Internat
The public international law collection on Level 3 is subdivided by broad areas of law. The divisions used are listed alphabetically below, with the corresponding shelf mark alongside. Within each shelf mark the books are next arranged by author/editor.
Air law Internat 640
Atomic energy Internat 600
Dependent states and special regimes Internat 535
Economic law Internat 590
European Court of Human Rights: literature Internat 575
General and theory Internat 500
History Internat 510
Human rights Internat 570
International crimes Internat 580
International relations Internat 660
Jurisdiction of states Internat 560
Law of the sea and waterways Internat 630
Nationality Internat 565
Recognition Internat 545
Servitudes Internat 550
Social legislation and organisation Internat 610
Space law Internat 650
State responsibility Internat 555
State succession Internat 540
The state (as a legal entity) Internat 530
Title to territory Internat 520
Transport and communications (except sea, air and space) Internat 620
Treaties (theory etc.) Internat 670
International organisations History and general Internat 680
General and regional political organisations Internat 681
League of Nations: general Internat 685
League of Nations: publications (series) Internat 686
United Nations: general Internat 687
United Nations: publications (series) Internat 688
Peace and disarmament Internat 700
International disputes and arbitration General and theory Internat 710
Individual arbitration tribunals: literature Internat 740
International courts and tribunals: general Internat 720
Permanent Court of Arbitration: literature Internat 730
Permanent Court of International Justice and the International Court of Justice: literature Internat 725
Termination of war (including specific peace treaties) Internat 760
Ministry & Agencies responsible for Law Reform:
The Singapore Academy of Law, Law Reform Committee - Established in 1989 to look into the reform of discrete areas of the law, not confined to any particular field or doctrinal area. Updates of existing legislation as a result of their reform work have included:
The Attorney-General's Chambers, Legislation and Law Reform Division- Officially formed in 2008, the LLRD draft legislation, identify areas for law reform and make relevant reccommendations for reform, based on their research. They work closely with the Law Reform Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law chaired by Judges of the High Court.
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