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SMU Constitutional and Administrative Law Wikipedia Project

Supreme Court Building, Singapore

Welcome to the SMU Constitutional and Administrative Law Wikipedia Project, managed by Dr. Jack Tsen-Ta Lee, an assistant professor of law of the School of Law, Singapore Management University. As a participant of the project, you are required to collaborate with the members of the group to which you have been assigned to prepare a Wikipedia article or part of one. The aims of the project are to encourage you to internalize the material covered in the course, as well as to contribute towards producing a body of accurate information about Singapore constitutional and administrative law that is freely available on the Internet.

Detailed instructions and information on how your work will be graded are on eLearn. Note, in particular, the following:

  • Create an account. Please create an account for yourself so that everyone editing articles can be identified. Please choose a user name that does not suggest a group – do not choose a name like "User:2011Group1". To create an account, click here. Once you have done that, add your name to the "Participants" section below. Remember to log in before editing!
  • Working in sandboxes. Your group will develop the article in a "sandbox", which is a temporary page for working on articles. Sandboxes that are subpages of this page have been created for this purpose. To access your group's sandbox, click on the appropriate article name in the blue box below. Your article will not be visible to Wikipedia readers while it is under construction. Articles that ultimately achieve at least a B-category grade will be transferred into the main article space.
  • Discussions. You can use the talk page of this page to talk to your group members about the project or to discuss things relating to the project with me.

If you are in Groups 1 to 4 your article should be completed by 4:00 pm on Friday, 21 February 2014 in Week 7 of the course, and if you are in Groups 5 to 8 your deadline is 4:00 pm on Friday, 28 March 2014 in Week 12.

Assignment of Articles for the 2013–2014 Academic Year
Group Section G2 Section G3
1 Vellama d/o Marie Muthu v. Attorney-General
Please write part of an article about Vellama d/o Marie Muthu v. Attorney-General [2013] 4 S.L.R. 1, C.A., that summarizes the Court of Appeal's views on the interpretation of Art. 49 of the Constitution of Singapore.
Jeyaretnam Kenneth Andrew v. Attorney-General
Please write part of an article about Jeyaretnam Kenneth Andrew v. Attorney-General [2013] 2 S.L.R. 619, H.C., and [2013] SGCA 56, C.A., that summarizes the Court of Appeal's views on the interpretation of Art. 144 of the Constitution.
2 Judicial review in Singapore
Please write the part of this article dealing with judicial review of administrative action in Singapore.
Judicial deference
Please expand the existing short article "Judicial deference". This article currently focuses on United Kingdom and United States law, so please add information about Singapore law to it.
3 Hinds v. The Queen
Please prepare an article on Hinds v. The Queen [1977] A.C. 195, P.C. (on appeal from Jamaica).
Mohammad Faizal bin Sabtu v. Public Prosecutor
Please prepare an article on Mohammad Faizal bin Sabtu v. Public Prosecutor [2012] 4 S.L.R. 947, H.C.
4 Threshold issues in Singapore administrative law
Please write a section on the law relating to prematurity and exhaustion of remedies.
Yong Vui Kong v. Attorney-General
Please prepare an article on the parts of Yong Vui Kong v. Attorney-General [2011] 2 S.L.R. 1189, C.A., dealing with the application for the recusal of the Chief Justice and the submission that the Cabinet was affected by apparent bias.
5 Lim Meng Suang and another v. Attorney-General
Please write an article about Lim Meng Suang and another v. Attorney-General [2013] 3 S.L.R. 118, H.C.
Tan Eng Hong v. Attorney-General
Please write part of an article about Tan Eng Hong v. Attorney-General [2013] 4 S.L.R.(R.) 1059, H.C., which deals with Art. 12 of the Constitution.
6 Judicial review in Singapore
Please write the part of this article dealing with judicial review under the Constitution in Singapore.
Tan Eng Hong v. Attorney-General (standing)
Please write part of an article about Tan Eng Hong v. Attorney-General [2012] 4 S.L.R. 476, C.A., which deals with standing.
7 Jeyaretnam Kenneth Andrew v. Attorney-General
Please write part of an article about Jeyaretnam Kenneth Andrew v. Attorney-General [2013] 2 S.L.R. 619, H.C., and [2013] SGCA 56, C.A., that summarizes the Court of Appeal's views on standing.
Yong Vui Kong v. Attorney-General
Please prepare an article on the parts of Yong Vui Kong v. Attorney-General [2011] 2 S.L.R. 1189, C.A., dealing with the justiciability of the clemency process.
8 Vellama d/o Marie Muthu v. Attorney-General
Please write part of an article about Vellama d/o Marie Muthu v. Attorney-General [2013] 4 S.L.R. 1, C.A., that summarizes the Court of Appeal's views on standing.
Threshold issues in Singapore constitutional law
Please update the "Standing" section with information from Vellama d/o Marie Muthu v. Attorney-General [2013] 4 S.L.R. 1, C.A., and Jeyaretnam Kenneth Andrew v. Attorney-General [2013] SGCA 56, C.A.
Your group must work on its assigned article independently without consulting any other group.

Some of you will find that your group has been asked to improve an existing article (such as "Judicial deference"). You are permitted to incorporate material from the existing article into your article, but note that these existing articles have been chosen because they are incomplete and usually unreferenced. The information in them may be inaccurate.

How to edit articles[edit]

If you have not edited Wikipedia articles before, please read "Wikipedia:Tutorial". Don't worry too much if you are unsure about formatting articles. You will be graded on the content of the article.

Some important things to note:

  • Verifiability. Content in Wikipedia articles must be verifiable. Make sure that you add references to back up statements. This can easily be done using the {{citation}} template, like this:
What to type: The branch of law dealing with this facet of the Court's jurisdiction is [[administrative law]].<ref>{{citation|author=Yeo Tiong Min|chapter=Jurisdiction of the Singapore Courts|editor=Kevin Y L Tan|title=The Singapore Legal System|edition=2nd|location=Singapore|publisher=[[National University of Singapore|Singapore University Press]]|year=1999|pages=249–296 at 265–266|isbn=9789971692131}}.</ref>
Result: The branch of law dealing with this facet of the Court's jurisdiction is administrative law.[1]
1. ^ Yeo Tiong Min (1999), "Jurisdiction of the Singapore Courts", in Kevin Y L Tan (ed.), The Singapore Legal System (2nd ed.), Singapore: Singapore University Press, pp. 249–296 at 265–266, ISBN 9789971692131. [This appears in the "Notes" section towards the end of the article.]
Notice that <ref> tags are placed after punctuation.
To refer to the Singapore Constitution, statutes and parliamentary debates, you can use the {{Singapore legislation}} and {{Singapore Hansard}} templates. Click on the links to find out how to use them.
  • Plagiarism. Do not plagiarize. This may amount to a breach of copyright, which violates Wikipedia policy. It will also violate SMU's Code of Academic Integrity and land you in trouble. Make sure that quotations, if any, are properly referenced.
  • Neutral point of view. Articles should be written from a neutral point of view. You should represent fairly, and as far as possible without bias, all significant views that have been published by reliable sources.
  • No original research. Wikipedia does not publish original research or thought, including unpublished facts, ideas, opinions and speculation; and any unpublished analysis or synthesis of published material that serves to advance a position. Articles should summarize views that have already been published.

Please also read the following for more information on editing articles:

Quick citation guide[edit]

Cases
Singapore and Malaysian cases. For Singapore cases, if a citation to S.L.R.(R.) or S.L.R. is available, please use it.
First time:
  • Case available on CommonLII. You may be able to find the unreported version of some recent Singapore cases on the Commonwealth Legal Information Institute (CommonLII) website. If so, you can use the {{cite CommonLII}} template to create a citation. (Click on the link for information about how to use this citation template.) Example: <ref>{{cite CommonLII|litigants=Eng Foong Ho v. Attorney-General|link=Eng Foong Ho v. Attorney-General|court=SGCA|year=2009|num=1|parallelcite=[2009] 2 S.L.R.(R.) 542 at 544, para. 1|courtname=auto}}</ref>
  • Case not available on CommonLII. <ref>''Ong Ah Chuan v. Public Prosecutor'' [1979–1980] S.L.R.(R.) 710 at 721, para. 23.</ref> (If there is an existing Wikipedia article about the case, you can link to it by placing square brackets around the case name, like this: "''[[Chng Suan Tze v. Minister for Home Affairs]]''".)
Subsequently: <ref>''Ong Ah Chuan'', pp. 721–722, paras. 23–26.</ref>
The "–" symbol separating the page and paragraph ranges is actually an en dash, not a hyphen. To insert an en dash, click on "Special characters" in the toolbar above the edit window, then "Symbols", then scroll through the table of symbols until you find the en dash character (on the right of "m³") and click on it. An en dash also appears in the box underneath the "Save page" button.
Cases from other jurisdictions
UK (including Privy Council) cases.
  • Case available on BAILII. Look up the case on the British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) website, and if it is available you can use {{cite BAILII}} to create a citation. Example: <ref>{{cite BAILII|litigants=Associated Provincial Picture Houses v. Wednesbury Corporation|link=Associated Provincial Picture Houses v Wednesbury Corporation|court=EWCA|division=Civ|year=1947|num=1|parallelcite=[1948] 1 K.B. 223|courtname=auto}}.</ref>.
The |link= parameter is for creating a link to an existing Wikipedia article about the case. Omit this parameter if no such article exists.
  • Case not available on BAILII. <ref>''White & Collins v. Minister of Health'' [1939] 2 K.B. 838, [[Court of Appeal of England and Wales|Court of Appeal]] (England & Wales).</ref>
US cases. <ref>''[[Woodson v. North Carolina]]'' {{ussc|428|280|1976}}, [[Supreme Court of the United States|Supreme Court]] (United States).</ref>.
Legislation
First time. Use the {{Singapore legislation}} template, like this:
  • Statutes. <ref>{{Singapore legislation|title=Supreme Court of Judicature Act|cap=322|ed=2007}} ("SCJA"), s. 7(1).</ref>
  • The Constitution. <ref>{{Singapore legislation|title=Constitution|rep=1999}}, Art. 12(1).</ref>
If you are not going to refer to the same statute later on, you can omit the "("SCJA")".
Subsequently:
  • Statutes. <ref>SCJA, s. 15.</ref>
  • The Constitution. <ref>Singapore Constitution, Art. 12(2).</ref>
Parliamentary debates
First time. Use the {{Singapore Hansard}} template, like this: <ref>{{Singapore Hansard|mp=Thio Li-ann|mplink=Thio Li-ann|office=[[Nominated Member of Parliament]]|title=Head R – Ministry of Law: Legal status of the right to vote and entrenchment|date=12 February 2009|volume=85|column=3111''ff.''}}</ref>
For the |office= parameter, if the MP speaking is:
  • an officeholder – type the name of the office. Example: office=[[Ministry of Home Affairs (Singapore)|Minister for Home Affairs]].
  • a backbencher – type the MP's constituency name. Example: office=[[Aljunied Group Representation Constituency|Aljunied GRC]].
  • a Non-constituency Member of Parliament – type the following: office=[[Non-constituency Member of Parliament]].
Subsequently: <ref>Thio, "Head R – Ministry of Law" (12 February 2009), col. 3115.</ref>
Journal articles
First time. Use the {{citation}} template, like this: <ref>{{citation|author=Randal N. Graham|title=A Unified Theory of Statutory Interpretation|journal=Statute Law Review|year=2002|page=91 at 92}}.</ref>
Subsequently: <ref>Graham, p. 95.</ref>
Books
First time:
  • With chapter. <ref>{{citation|author=Jaclyn Ling-Chien Neo|author2=Yvonne C.L. Lee|chapter=Constitutional Supremacy: Still a Little Dicey|editor=Li-ann Thio|editor-link=Thio Li-ann|editor2=Kevin Y.L. Tan|title=Evolution of a Revolution: Forty Years of the Singapore Constitution|location=Abingdon, Oxon.|publisher=[[Routledge|Routledge-Cavendish]]|year=2009|pages=153–192 at 182|isbn=978-0-415-43862-9}}.</ref>
  • No chapter (book title only). <ref>{{citation|author=Ronald M. Dworkin|authorlink=Ronald Dworkin|title=Taking Rights Seriously|location=Cambridge, Mass.|publisher=[[Harvard University Press]]|year=1978|page=24|isbn=978-0-674-86710-9}}.</ref>
If there is no existing Wikipedia article about an author or editor, you can omit the |authorlink= or |editor-link= parameter.
Subsequently:
  • With chapter: <ref>Neo & Lee, "Constitutional Supremacy", p. 182.</ref>
  • No chapter: <ref>Dworkin, p. 128.</ref>
Newspapers and magazines
First time:
  • <ref>{{citation|author=Chua Mui Hoong|title=Turning of the second key went smoothly|newspaper=[[The Straits Times]]|date=20 February 2009}}.</ref>
  • <ref>{{citation|author=Derrick A. Paulo|title=All the President's men|url=http://www.todayonline.com/articles/302755.asp|newspaper=[[Today (Singapore newspaper)|Today]]|date=18 February 2009|pages=4–5}}.</ref>
For magazines, replace "newspaper" with "magazine".
Subsequently: <ref>Paulo, "All the President's men", p. 5.</ref>

Note that Wikipedia citation is not the same as the citation you will use for other forms of legal writing such as your individual research paper. For such writing, please cite according to the Singapore Academy of Law Style Guide Quick Reference.

Sample articles[edit]

Here are some examples of well-written Wikipedia articles – they have achieved Good Article and Featured Article status.

Article 153 of the Constitution of Malaysia • Brown v. Board of Education • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms • Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles and Fundamental Duties of India • Fundamental Rights in India • Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949 • Roe v. Wade • Sources of Singapore law

Click on the links below to see the articles written by other students:

2009–2010 • 2010–2011 • 2011–2012 • 2012–2013

These articles, and related ones, have also been compiled into a Wikipedia book.

Participants[edit]

Click on the "Edit" link in the line above, look for your section and group number, and type your username in place of "YOUR USERNAME HERE". Then add an edit summary and click the "Save page" button. Please remember to register your username first by clicking here! Choose a user name that does not suggest a group – do not choose a name like "User:2011Group1".

Section G2
Group 1 Group 5
Group 2 Group 6
Group 3 Group 7
Group 4 Group 8
Section G3
Group 1 Group 5
Group 2 Group 6
Group 3 Group 7
Group 4 Group 8


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