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法侓 新加坡的一个卑微专业

20/01/13

作者/来源:郑尊行 http://www.law.hku.hk
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法侓共识:至尊的行政,疲弱的法理,新加坡的一个卑微专业

弥漫着精神分裂特色的新加坡司法判例令许多法律学者感到迷惑。其精明之处,是把新加坡塑造成是一个在使用普通法的先进和开放社会,并且一直以来,小心翼翼的维护着一个非常严格规范的政治和社会体制的完整性。

郑尊行从这几十年来的司法判例中,细致的检验了个中的判决法理。从一些精挑细选的司法个案判例,解释各种类的议题,通过对以民事诽谤诉讼对付政治上的异议者,使用带有死刑的刑事法律程序的运用,去深入的发掘出新加坡司法界,所要强力执行的核心政治价值。

这本书很仔细的探寻,在决策过程中的辩证逻辑思维是如何的运作。作者有力的指出新加坡司法界是如何完整的维护 – 在人权事宜方面,着重在政治上政府所应扮演的至尊行政角色,以及,优先考虑社会安稳与现有社会秩序的重要性 – 这一种世界观,强调尊重权力架构下的从属关系,群体优先于个体,以及,把所有脱离政府规范的议论轨迹的言论视为是,危害新加坡的社会和政治秩序。

郑尊行以十分热枕的态度,翻阅了大量的司法判例,去寻找其中的司法逻辑思维。

这一个研究的成果,展现了令人忧心的景象,这一种世界观挑战了个人的基本人权,以及,挑战了一个以民主政治体系为价值核心的宪法思维。

从广义的层面来看,这一个论述表示了新加坡共识要先取决于一个法律共识,而这一个法律共识的本身,却是一个向来言听计从的司法体制的成果。

这本书提示了,新加坡政治权力机构和新加坡司法界之间的权力关系,以及,彼此之间的互动关系。

备注:意译文字难免有所偏差,正确内容以英文版的原文为准。

Legal Consensus – Supreme Executive, Supine Jurisprudence, Suppliant Profession of Singapore

Author: Tsun Hang Tey

Singapore’s schizophrenic jurisprudence is fascinating to many legal scholars. Its genius has been to present Singapore as one of the most sophisticated and open societies with its common law, all the while being careful to help keep its highly-controlled political and social system largely intact.

Tey puts forward a brilliant examination of a jurisprudence that has been assembled over decades. It builds on meticulously mined case-law, to illuminate issues ranging from the use of civil defamation proceedings to tackle political dissent, the use of death penalty and criminal due process, to arrive at some insights into the core political values enforced by the Singapore judiciary. It is a careful study of what goes into its decision-making and reasoning process. It throws a great deal of light on how the Singapore judiciary has bought into – wholesale – the political emphasis on the supreme importance of government in human affairs, and on the overriding priority of stability and status quo – a worldview that emphasises respect for hierarchical relationships, that privileges the collective over the individual, and regards voices different from the dominant political discourse as dangerous to Singapore’s social and political order.

With impressive zeal, Tey works through a massive amount of jurisprudence to expose its Legalistic thinking. But it also paints a disturbing picture, of a worldview that challenges the assumptions about the primacy of individual rights and the essential principles of constitutional reasoning that lie at the heart of democratic systems. The broader thesis seems to be that the Singapore Consensus could not have been constructed without its Legal Consensus, itself a result of the consistent complicity of the Singapore judiciary. This book hints at the power relations and dynamics between the political establishment and the Singapore judiciary.

To order copies of this publication, please visit: http://www.law.hku.hk/ccpl/Docs/TTHOrderForm.pdf

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