CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform

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.

The Working Papers reflect the views and are the responsibility of the individual authors. They do not necessarily reflect the institutional viewpoint of CPA.

  1. Asanga Welikala, THE SRI LANKAN CONCEPTION OF THE UNITARY STATE: THEORY, PRACTICE, AND HISTORY, CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform No 1, June 2016
  2. Michael Mendis and Asanga Welikala, RESHAPING THE EXECUTIVE: CHOOSING THE PRIME MINISTER IN A PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM, CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform No 2, June 2016
  3. Benjamin Schonthal and Asanga Welikala, BUDDHISM AND THE REGULATION OF RELIGION IN THE NEW CONSTITUTION: PAST DEBATES, PRESENT CHALLENGES, AND FUTURE OPTIONS, CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform No 3, July 2016
  4. Asanga Welikala and Harshan Kumarasingham, SOULBURY PLUS: CONCEPTUAL FOUNDATIONS AND INSTITUTIONAL FEATURES OF A PARLIAMENTARY-CONSTITUTIONAL STATE, CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform No 4, August 2016
  5. Asanga Welikala, STATES OF EMERGENCY: ISSUES FOR CONSTITUTIONAL DESIGN, CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform No 5, August 2016
  6. Michael Mendis, DIALOGUE OVER DOMINANCE: ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON SRI LANKA’S FUTURE BILL OF RIGHTS, CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform No. 6, September 2016
  7. Mario Gomez, Conor Hartnett and Dinesha Samararatne, CONSTITUTIONALISING ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RIGHTS IN SRI LANKA, CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform No. 7, September 2016
  8. Rohan Edrisinha and Asanga Welikala, CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS IN THE SRI LANKAN CONSTITUTION AND LAW: MAKING THE NEW CONSTITUTION IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE ICCPR,  CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform No. 8, November 2016
  9. Gehan Gunatilleke, A RIGHTS BASED APPROACH TO LIMITATION CLAUSES IN THE SRI LANKAN CONSTITUTION, CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform No. 9, November 2016
  10. Asanga Welikala, DEVOLUTION UNDER THE THIRTEENTH AMENDMENT: EXTENT, LIMITS, AND AVENUES FOR REFORM, CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform No. 10, November 2016
  11. Daniel Antonio García-Huerta, A CONSTITUTION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS: BETWEEN ABSTRACT PRINCIPLES AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION, CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform No. 11, January 2017
  12. Asanga Welikala, THE CASE AGAINST CONSTITUTIONALISING JUSTICIABLE SOCIOECONOMIC RIGHTS IN SRI LANKA, CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform No. 12, January 2017
  13. Dr Nihal Jayawickrama, ESTABLISHING A CONSTITUTIONAL COURT THE IMPEDIMENTS AHEAD, CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform No. 13, January 2017
  14. Asanga Welikala, THE IDEA OF CONSTITUTIONAL INCREMENTALISM, CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform No. 14, January 2017
  15. Tom Gerald Daly, A CONSTITUTIONAL COURT FOR SRI LANKA? PERCEPTIONS, POTENTIAL & PITFALLS, CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform No. 15, April 2017
  16. Kåre Vollan and Luwie Ganeshathasan, A SYSTEM OF ELECTORAL REPRESENTATION FOR SRI LANKA: THE PRINCIPLES BEHIND THE CHOICE, CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform No. 16, April 2017
  17. Rohan Edrisinha, REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY AND THE ROLE OF THE MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform No. 17, April 2017
  18. Asanga Welikala, ‘SPECIALIST IN OMNISCIENCE’? NATIONALISM, CONSTITUTIONALISM AND SIR IVOR JENNINGS’ ENGAGEMENT WITH CEYLON, CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform No. 18, April 2017