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The book tells the story of Singapore’s first experience of defending its legal rights before an international tribunal, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).
The authors of the book are Dr Cheong Koon Hean, Professor Tommy Koh and Lionel Yee.
In April 2002, Malaysia lodged a protest against Singapore’s reclamation works around Pulau Tekong and Pulau Ubin on the grounds that they were causing trans-boundary environmental harm to Malaysia’s territorial waters. A year later, after one unsuccessful meeting between the parties, Malaysia initiated proceedings against Singapore with Hamburg-based ITLOS, to stop its reclamation works around these islands. Malaysia’s claim for provisional measures to stop the Pulau Tekong reclamation works until the disposal of the dispute raised the larger issue of conflicting legal rights – Singapore’s right to reclaim part of its territorial sea for national needs, and Malaysia’s concern to protect its maritime environment from harm.
The authors, who were part of the multidisciplinary and multi-agency team tasked with presenting Singapore’s case at ITLOS, recount the facts of the reclamation dispute and the ITLOS proceedings culminating in a pragmatic outcome, one that paves the way for future cases of this nature to be resolved in a similar way.
Dr Cheong Koon Hean is currently the CEO of the Housing & Development Board and concurrently the Deputy Secretary (Special Duties) in the Ministry of National Development. She was formerly the CEO of the Urban Redevelopment Authority from 2004 to 2010.
Professor Tommy Koh is Ambassador-At-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Centre for International Law and Rector of Tembusu College at the National University of Singapore. He is the Co-Chairman of the China-Singapore Forum, the India-Singapore Strategic Dialogue and the Japan-Singapore Symposium.
Lionel Yee is currently a Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Singapore. He was a legal officer in the International Affairs Division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers from 1995 to 2012 and was the Director-General of the division from July 2008 to May 2012. He was appointed the Second Solicitor-General of the Chambers from January 2011 to January 2013.
Mr K Shanmugam, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law, will be the Guest-of-Honour of the book launch, where the three authors will speak about the book.
, Straits Times Press, the book publishing unit of Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH), will be launching a new book titled “Malaysia & Singapore - The Land Reclamation Case”.
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