Once again, Francis Seow has revealed, with his usual rigour and attention to detail, a vital part of Singapore's repressive machinery, this time by placing his spotlight on its judiciary. 'Beyond Suspicion? The Singapore Judiciary' is essential to understanding the true nature of human rights abuses in that country. Human rights campaigners now and historians of the future will regard it a required reading. --Margaret John, Coordinator for Singapore and Malaysia, Amnesty Internatinal Canada
Francis Seow has not just exposed the judiciary; he has also laid bare the serious limitations of the political system. This is a quite brilliant piece of sustained analysis of how the judiciary is harnessed to political persecution. It is a style and methodology that is more legalistic..., but it is only through this approach that the full magnitude of the judiciary's emasculation and the PAP's manic desire to crush the slightest semblance of serious scrutiny become fully clear. --Garry Rodan, Director, Asia Rresearch Centre, Murdoch University, Western Australia
This is an extremely valuable record of many significant cases and events that lay bare the dynamics of the Singapore judiciary and its intersection with political personalities and imperatives. It is an impressive work...of scholarly and public policy interest, providing chapter and verse on the politico-legal nexus in Singapore. --Christopher Tremewan, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), University of Auckland, New Zealand
About the Author
Francis Seow was educated at Saint Joseph's Institution in Singapore and at the Honorable Society of the Middle Temple, London. he joined the Singapore Legal Service in 1956, serving as deputy public prosecutor until 1972, when he entered private law practice. He was appointed Solicitor General of Singapore by Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, and was elected president of the Law Society in 1986. In 1989, Seow was appointed the first Orville Schell Fellow, Yale Law School, and in 1990, a Fellow at East Asian Legal Studies, Harvard Law School.