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This guide helps you to locate law and taxation related resources in NTU Libraries and from the web.

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About this guide

This guide is created to serve as a general and introductory guide on Law and Taxation. It contains selected resources curated by the librarians to get you started on the different topics in the discipline.

This LibGuide is structured as such: the selected resources are divided into separate sections of Books (including print and e-book) and eResources (includes e-Journals, online databases and web  resources). A link directly to the resources is included, and in the case of print materials, a link to our Library Catalogue is included instead

Other than the resources mentioned above, this guide also includes the page Student Works and Faculty Publications, which will show you how to browse and search our institutional repository to find past student works and our faculty publications.

Please bear in mind that this is not intended as a comprehensive guide.

Legal Traditions

There are the two great legal traditions – the Civil Law Tradition, found in European & South American states, China, Japan, etc., and the Common Law Tradition, found in USA, the UK and Commonwealth states. Singapore’s legal system, which has its roots in English Law, follows the Common Law Tradition. Unlike the Civil Law Tradition where laws are codified by comprehensive legislation, laws are made by judges on a case by case basis in the Common Law Tradition. This is the doctrine of judicial precedent, where “the body of law is created incrementally by judges via the application of legal principles to the facts of particular cases” (Tan & Chan, 2009).

Within the legal system, there are two classifications of law – Civil Law and Criminal Law. In the area of Civil Law, the influence of the English common law is more prevalent, such as in Contract and Tort Law. In the area of Criminal Law, other jurisdictions have had an impact, i.e. the Penal Code from India (Tan & Chan, 2009).

Tan, E. and Chan, G. (2009). The Singapore Legal System

Sources of Law

1. Legislation

  • Laws passed by the parliament or government bodies authorised by parliament
  • Statutes (Bills passed by Parliament to become Acts of Parliament)
  • Subsidiary Legislation (Administrative/Operational details to implement parent Act)
  • Free access to all Acts of Parliament which are in force is available through Singapore Statutes Online
  • New subsidiary legislation published in the Gazette are available for public viewing for 5 days in eGazette
  • Full details on any piece of legislation (e.g. Bills, Acts, Subsidiary Legislation and their supplements) are available in LawNet

2. Case Law

  • Decisions made by judges in cases
  • Supreme Court (High Court & Court of Appeal) decisions are reported in Singapore Law Reports (SLR), available in LawNet.
  • Decisions of the Subordinate Courts are available in LawNet.