Airplane Accidents – Understanding your rights under Article 17(1) and 21(1) of the Montreal Convention

October 29, 2018. Flight 610, Lion Air smashes into the Java Sea off Indonesia, killing all 189 souls aboard. This is swiftly followed by Flight 302, Ethiopian Airlines, which crashes in Bishoftu, Ethiopia. Again, no survivors are left. Preliminary investigations reveal that the auto-pilot systems in both cases forced the plane into a death dive, giving its crew little time to react. Claims for compensation are still pending, with families apparently pressured into signing away their legal rights. This article therefore seeks to inform the public of their rights in such cases. It sets out the legal regime that governs aircraft accidents, and the type of losses compensable, whether in the event of death or a serious injury to a loved one.

PROTECTION FROM THE PEEPING TOM: Interpreting the New Offence of Voyeurism

Under the Criminal Law Reform Act 2019, it is an offence for any person to observe or record someone doing a private act, without that person’s consent. It is also an offence to possess, gain access to, distribute, or threaten to distribute images so recorded.This paper focuses on the core offence of voyeurism, and its interpretation under the new laws.

Bridging the Divide between Married and Unwed Mothers

A letter (“No extra perks if unwed mums adopt own children: Forum” on 25th May 2017) by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) has raised pertinent views on how the Singaporean Government perceives marital status and motherhood. Recently, the MSF had granted Child Development Account (CDA) benefits[3] and Government-paid maternity leave to unwed mothers and their children – a step towards greater inclusion of diverse family structures within Singapore. Currently, all mothers have access to: MediSave grants for their newborn, infant care and childcare subsidies, and maid levy concessions. While MSF has made concerted efforts to provide all children with healthcare subsidies and benefits, there remains a disparity in the treatment between married mothers and unwed mothers.