Constitutional Reform: Three Welcome Think-Papers placed in the Public Realm by the Centre for Policy Alternatives

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5 November 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is pleased to publish the next two papers in the CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform 2016 series.

Working Paper No.8, Civil and Political Rights in the Sri Lankan Constitution and Law: Making the New Constitution in Compliance with the ICCPR by Rohan Edrisinha and Asanga Welikala is a detailed and critical examination of the compliance of current Sri Lankan constitutional law with the primary instrument of Sri Lanka’s international obligations with regard to civil and political rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The paper’s extensive audit of the Sri Lankan law points to the concrete areas, both substantive and procedural, in which the makers of the new constitution should focus their attention if it is to reflect a body of civil and political rights that is consistent with basic international standards. Political expectations of democratisation generated by the 2015 elections also demand that the new constitution should afford the fullest and firmest protection to these core rights, including the addition of the fundamental rights to life and human dignity, privacy, and property, without which neither democracy nor good governance is achievable.

Working Paper No.9, A Rights-based Approach to Limitation Clauses in the Sri Lankan Constitution by Gehan Gunatilleke discusses the crucial question of how to design the framework of limitations and derogations in the future constitutional bill of rights. Placed within a clear theoretical context, and drawing upon principles of comparative and international human rights law, the paper critically examines the current restrictions regime before presenting a fresh approach to designing and interpreting limitation clauses, rooted in the concept of the ‘rights and freedoms of others.

Download the PDFs of the Working Papers here.

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All Working Papers in the series can be downloaded from http://constitutionalreforms.org

CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform | Working Paper 10 ….
5 November 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is pleased to publish its CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform No.10 on Devolution under the Thirteenth Amendment: Extent, Limits, and Avenues for Reform by Dr Asanga Welikala……
….  The paper is premised on the fact that, as the Constitutional Assembly addresses the issue of further devolution in the new constitution, there is still very little objective knowledge about the existing framework devolution that has been practiced under the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution (1987) for nearly thirty years. Taking note of serious problems with the Thirteenth Amendment model, which need to be addressed, the paper is aimed at outlining the experience of devolution under the Thirteenth Amendment, in the hope that so understood, both its strengths and weaknesses can be borne in mind when what would hopefully be a better, fairer, and more durable model of multilevel government is designed for Sri Lanka.

Download the PDF of the Working Paper here.

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All Working Papers in the series can be downloaded from http://constitutionalreforms.org

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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All Working Papers in the series can be downloaded from http://constitutionalreforms.org

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  • International Online Dialogue for Making a New Constitution for Sri Lanka, 2016

 

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