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SIAC Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Peking University Law School

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) has announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Peking University Law School (PKU LAW).
Date: 15 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore International Arbitration Centre

21 Law Firms vow to create more chances for Young Lawyers

Twenty-one law firms, including Drew & Napier and Tan Rajah & Cheah, have pledged to provide more opportunities for young lawyers to represent their clients in court.
Date: 16 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Singapore and Indonesia sign Bilateral Investment Treaty to promote Stronger Economic Ties

Singapore and Indonesia signed an Agreement on the Promotion and Protection of Investments, also known as the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), at the Singapore-Indonesia Leaders’ Retreat in Bali, Indonesia, today. Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing, who is attending the Leaders’ Retreat as part of the Singapore delegation, ...
Date: 11 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Ministry of Trade and Industry

Tharman tweaks MAS Prohibition Orders upon Appeal

Orders barring two men from doing some kinds of financial work were tweaked upon appeal to Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, minister in charge of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), said the regulator on Wednesday.
Date: 11 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Singapore needs to regain Edge in Legal Tech, says Chief Justice

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon has urged the Singapore Academy of Law to strive to get the legal profession to step up in the area of legal technology, and help the country regain its status as the world leader.
Date: 12 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Duo Found guilty under New Contempt of Court Laws

Civil activist Jolovan Wham and opposition politician John Tan yesterday became the first to be found guilty under new contempt of court laws of scandalising the judiciary in posts they had made separately on Facebook.
Date: 10 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Community Mediation Centre achieves International Accreditation

The Community Mediation Centre (CMC) received international accreditation for its community mediation service and training, as it turns 20 this year. At its annual Mediators’ Appointment Ceremony and Appreciation Dinner, Senior Minister of State (SMS) for Law and Health Edwin Tong, thanked the CMC’s volunteer mediators for their contrib ...
Date: 05 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Law

Access to legal help: Law being amended in boost for the Poor

It may soon be easier for the poor to get legal help. Proposed changes to the Legal Aid and Advice Act seek to simplify the criteria for legal aid, allow those who fail the means test to get access to help, and improve the administration of such aid.
Date: 02 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

New Law makes Running of Elections More Efficient

The new law lays out, among other things, what to do when ballot papers are lost or destroyed. It will ensure the integrity of the election process: Chan Chun Sing
Date: 02 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Failed Bid to register Firm: Thum Ping Tjin's Appeal rejected

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat has rejected an appeal by historian Thum Ping Tjin against a decision in April by the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (Acra), which turned down his application to register a proposed company.
Date: 01 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Chartered Accountant and Lawyer among those who joined Scheme as Proxy Decision-Makers

Lawyer Haryadi Hadi, 35, decided to be a professional deputy as he has wealthy clients who are single, childless or have strained ties with their loved ones and they cannot find anyone to be their proxy decision-makers should they become mentally incapacitated.
Date: 24 September 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Singapore Courts grant Disposal Orders for 1MDB Related Funds

SINGAPORE, Sept 10 (Bernama) - The Singapore State Courts have granted disposal orders in respect of monies that had been unlawfully misappropriated from the 1MDB and/or SRC International Sdn Bhd Group of Companies.
Date: 10 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Singapore hopes to work with Malaysian Government to take Bilateral Relations Forward

SINGAPORE, Aug 19 (Bernama) - Singapore hopes to work with Malaysia’s new administration to take bilateral relations forward, says Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Date: 19 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

SAL to partner its Members to provide Free Talks to boost Public Awareness of Legal Matters

Singapore, Aug 13 - The Singapore Academy of Law (SAL), which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is planning to work with its members to offer public talks on legal issues that will be useful to the man-in-the-street.
Date: 13 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Academy of Law

Five New Large Child Care Centres to open by 2020

Parents in Sengkang and Punggol can look forward to more quality and affordable preschool places, as five new large child care centres are set to open over the next two years. The centres will add 2,600 new child care and infant care places to these estates by 2020. This was announced today by Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Developm ...
Date: 25 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Ministry of Social and Family Development

New Singapore Food Agency to oversee Food Safety and Security, the National Parks Board to oversee Animal and Wildlife Management

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA), a new statutory board, will be formed under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) to oversee food safety and security. SFA will bring together food-related functions currently carried out by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), the National Environment Agency (NEA) and the ...
Date: 26 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Ministry of the Environment & Water Resources

SMU School of Law and SJC to jointly offer Master of Laws in Judicial Studies from August 2019

Singapore, July 26 - Singapore Management University (SMU) School of Law and Singapore Judicial College (SJC), Supreme Court, announced today that they will jointly offer a new Master of Laws in Judicial Studies from August 2019. A first of its kind in the region, the new postgraduate degree programme is designed to provide advanced training for se ...
Date: 26 July 2018; Type: Students; Source: Singapore Management University

New S'pore Food Agency to oversee Food Safety Regulations

A new statutory board called the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) will oversee food safety and security from April next year, following a reorganisation of three existing agencies under one roof.
Date: 28 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Government of Singapore

51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting from 30 July to 4 August 2018

Singapore will host the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) and Related Meetings from 30 July to 4 August 2018. Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan will chair the 51st AMM, 19th ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Foreign Ministers Meeting (FMM), 8th East Asia Summit (EAS) FMM, and 25th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), as well as co-cha ...
Date: 29 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

HSA Alert: 'Li Da' and 'Chapter Plus' sold online Found to contain banned substance Sibutramine

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has alerted members of the public not to purchase or consume two slimming products ‘Li Da Weight Loss Capsule (‘Li Da’)’ and ‘Chapter Plus By BackSlim (‘Chapter Plus’)’ as they found to have containing an undeclared and banned substance, sibutramine, which poses ser ...
Date: 20 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Health Sciences Authority

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House absent at Court during Advocates' Law Judicial Review Session

Jakarta, Oct 18 (ANTARA News) - The House of Representatives (DPR) did not attend the Constitutional Court (MK) session on the judicial review of Article 16 Law No.18/2003 regarding advocates immunity rights.

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Solon files Bill on Overtaking Cyclists

MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - A party-list lawmaker at the House of Representatives is pushing for a measure requiring a minimum distance of 1.5 meters for motorists overtaking cyclists.

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Hontiveros optimistic PRRD will sign Pet Bills into Law

MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - Senator Risa Hontiveros on Thursday said she is confident that President Rodrigo Duterte would sign several bills that she authored and sponsored into law.

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JBC interviews Two Bets for Supreme Court Justice

MANILA, Oct 18 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Thursday conducted its public interview for two aspirants for the Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice vacancy following the retirement of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro.

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PM tables Mid-Term Review of 11th Malaysia Plan in Dewan Rakyat

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today tabled the Mid-Term Review of the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP - 2016-2020) in the Dewan Rakyat.

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SC allows Media Coverage of de Lima Drug Case Trials

MANILA, Oct 17 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) allowed news coverage of Senator Leila de Lima’s trials for alleged drug trading activities before the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court (RTC).

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House supports Placement of Migrant Workers through One Channel

Jakarta, Oct 16 (ANTARA News) - Chairman of the House of Representatives` (DPR`s) Commission IX Dede Yusuf supported the placement of Indonesian migrant workers through the One Channel Placement System (SPSK) agreed upon by Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

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Industry 4.0 to put Indonesia among Top 10 Economies

Jakarta, Oct 17 (ANTARA News) - The fourth industrial revolution, also known as industry 4.0, is expected to make Indonesia one of the top 10 economies in the world in 2030, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said.

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Government encourages SMEs to go Digital

Jakarta, Oct 16 (ANTARA News) - The government encourages national small and medium enterprises or SMEs to take advantage of the digitalization era by using online networks to expand their businesses.

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WIPO Director General Conferred the Order of Sikatuna

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Director General Dr. Francis Gurry has received the highest Presidential honour of diplomatic merit in recognition of his extraordinary efforts to sustain and strengthen WIPO’s relations with the Philippine government, through the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

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PH Ambassador Promotes ASEAN Trade, Tourism in Spain

MADRID, Oct 16 (DFA) - To raise awareness about ASEAN and promote ASEAN trade and tourism in Spain, Philippine Ambassador to Spain Philippe J. Lhuillier and the other ASEAN Ambassadors in Madrid paid a courtesy call on the Spanish Minister for Industry, Trade, and Tourism Maria Reyes Maroto Illera.

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BOC, PCG Ink MOA for Strengthened Joint Anti-Smuggling Operations

The chiefs of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Philippine Coast (PCG), on Monday, October 15 signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which provides them guidelines in the conduct of anti-smuggling joint operations within the country’s borders.

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PH Showcases Best Practice on Anti-Poverty

NEW YORK, Oct 12 (DFA) - The Philippines underscored the crucial need to use the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) as an alternative measure of poverty during the High-level side-event on “Using the Multidimensional Poverty Index to guide innovative policies in all its dimensions” held on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly High Level Week held at the UN Headquarters in New York on 25 September 2018

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21 Law Firms vow to create more chances for Young Lawyers

Twenty-one law firms, including Drew & Napier and Tan Rajah & Cheah, have pledged to provide more opportunities for young lawyers to represent their clients in court.

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Thailand hosts ASEAN Disaster Assessment and Mitigation Training Course

BANGKOK, Oct 16 (NNT) - Thailand is hosting the latest ASEAN training course on regional disaster assessment and mitigation to ensure timely assistance, and enhance the reach and capability of the region’s relief efforts.

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Del Castillo to head JBC Search for Next CJ

MANILA, Oct 16 (PNA) - Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo will sit at the helm of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) in screening aspirants for the vacancy in the Supreme Court (SC) following the retirement of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, JBC ex-officio member and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Tuesday.

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SC reorganizes Three Divisions as Hernando assumes Post

MANILA, Oct 16 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC), under Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, has reorganized the membership in its three divisions following the entry of its newest member, Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando.

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Non-infra Programs face Cancellation if Oil Excise Tax suspended

MANILA, Oct 15 (PNA) - Some of the Duterte administration's non-infrastructure expenditures scheduled for 2019 face possible cancellation if the implementation the oil excise tax's second tranch is put on hold due to soaring world crude prices, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said.

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