Centre for Policy Alternatives on 2 September, 2016

Constitutionalizing Economic and Social Rights in Sri Lanka

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Working Paper No. 7, on Constitutionalising Economic and Social Rights in Sri Lanka by Mario Gomez, Conor Hartnett, and Dinesha Samararatne, offers an extensive overview of both Sri Lankan and global debates and trends on the constitutional recognition of justiciable socioeconomic rights. It deals critically with conventional critiques of constitutionalisation of these rights, and offers a nuanced argument as to why the new constitution should not only enshrine socioeconomic rights but also make them, subject to the doctrines of available resources and progressive realisation, justiciable.

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The series is a product of the partnership between CPA and the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law in support of the Sri Lankan constitutional reform process.