Asanga Welikala, THE SRI LANKAN CONCEPTION OF THE UNITARY STATE: THEORY, PRACTICE, AND HISTORY, CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform No 1, June 2016


The CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform 2016 addresses a number of critical issues in the current Sri Lankan constitution-making process. The series seeks to add key theoretical and comparative perspectives to current debates on constitutional law and practice, with the intention of both assisting choices within the Constitutional Assembly process as well as to engender critical and informed discussion more widely.

Papers will address topics such as the unitary state, choosing the prime minister in a parliamentary system, the constitutional self-classification of the state, the bill of rights and its enforcement, the electoral system, devolution issues, the pre-colonial usable past in contemporary constitutional reform, the parliamentary-constitutional state, constitutional incrementalism, dialogic constitutionalism, and other topical issues.

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.

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