Gary Bell, ‘Teaching More Civil Law at the National University of Singapore: A Necessity for Singapore as a Legal Hub for Asia’

ABSTRACT
Singapore aims to be a legal service hub for its region and, therefore, aims to provide legal services to the civil law countries of Southeast and East Asia. One would therefore think that the teaching of at least the rudiments of the civil law (the law of obligations – contracts, delictual liability (tort), quasi-contracts – and property) would be a high priority. However, for all its talk of being ‘Asia’s Global Law School’, the NUS Law School does not train its students to handle work from, or in, most of this region. The students are simply not required to learn the very foundations of the civil law tradition. The requirement that they take a course entitled ‘Legal Systems of Asia’ does not ensure that they know the very basics of the civil law. The fact that they must take a course on the law of a civil law country does not ensure that they learn about the civil law. This article suggests how the NUS Law School can make sure that it prepares its students, or at least some of its students, for regional work that includes civil law work.

Gary F Bell, Teaching More Civil Law at the National University of Singapore: A Necessity for Singapore as a Legal Hub for Asia, Asian Journal of Comparative Law. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/asjcl.2019.20. Published online 9 July 2019.

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