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No Punishment without Fault: Kindling a Moral Discourse in Singapore Criminal Law

Chan Wing Cheong

(2013) 25 SAcLJ 801

This article argues that serious consideration should be given to the moral foundations of the criminal law in Singapore by lawyers, judges and legislators, in particular the principle of mens rea and the principle of autonomy, in shaping the extent of criminal liability. It is only then that we can achieve a better understanding of when and how the criminal law and criminal penalties should be used.