Hugh Hickling

Professor, Author

1920 – 2007

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Who was Hugh Hickling?

Reginald Hugh Hickling, known as Hugh Hickling, was a British lawyer, civil servant, law academic, and author, and author of the controversial Internal Security Act of colonial Malaysia.

Born in Derby, England, Hickling served from 1941 until 1946 in the British Royal Navy during World War II, and then joined the Colonial Legal Service. In 1955, Hickling was posted to Malaya, where he gained prominence as a lawmaker. He drafted the Constitution of Malaysia, and as Commissioner of Law Revision wrote the Internal Security Act of 1960, which provided for the detention of persons without trial. The ISA was later used to oppress political opponents or those dedicated to non-violent activities, which Hickling later said was not his intention.

In 1972, Hickling retired from the civil service, and subsequently lectured in law in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. Hickling later wrote many books and law journal articles, and also wrote novels and short stories throughout his career. Hickling died in 2007 in Malvern, Worcestershire.

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Born
Aug 2, 1920
Derby
Also known as
  • R. H. Hickling
Spouses
Nationality
  • England
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Education
  • University of Nottingham
Died
Feb 11, 2007
Malvern

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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