Building resilience through regional legal cooperation

It is often overlooked but legal systems have a key role to play in facilitating trade and investments and fighting crime

Singapore thrives on connectivity. Our lack of natural resources has led us to depend heavily on our trade connections. We also capitalise on connecting people, businesses and, as last month's Trump-Kim summit showed, even states.

But connectivity also carries risks, as activities - including those of a criminal nature - are increasingly carried out across borders. Connectivity also poses regulatory challenges as states grapple with integrating economic systems to facilitate investment and trade.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 24, 2018, with the headline 'Building resilience through regional legal cooperation'. Print Edition | Subscribe