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Constitutional Dialogue in Common Law Asia$
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Po Jen Yap

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198736370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736370.001.0001

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Overview of the Constitutional Systems

Overview of the Constitutional Systems

(p.31) 3 Overview of the Constitutional Systems
Constitutional Dialogue in Common Law Asia

Po Jen Yap

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the three Asian constitutional systems under discussion. Section I examines Hong Kong’s constitutional model. Section II continues with Malaysia’s and Section III concludes with Singapore’s developments. Each section provides a brief sketch of the respective jurisdiction’s constitutional history, the constitutional powers assigned to the three branches of government, that is the legislature, the executive and the judiciary, the constitutional rights-regime provided, and its constitutional amendment procedures. This chapter essentially maps out and elaborates upon the socio-political and legal developments in the three former British colonies since decolonization.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, constitutional structures, constitutional history, constitutional amendment

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