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date: 15 May 2021

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This chapter addresses international law in Singapore, looking at Singapore’s role in international and regional organizations like the UN and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and particularly at the role played by key Singaporean representatives in these organizations. From its earliest days, Singapore committed itself to being an active player in the international community. At the UN, its permanent representatives displayed extraordinary diplomatic acumen and capability and were prominent in key meetings and deliberations. Meanwhile, throughout its history, Singapore has been one of ASEAN’s strongest advocates and supporters. The chapter then considers how international law is implemented in Singapore by domestic tribunals and by Parliament and discusses the implementation of human rights norms in the context of state imperatives concerning human welfare and development.

Keywords: Singapore, Asia, ASEAN, human rights, international law, host state law

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