Introduction Introduction Reviving South Asian Comparative Constitutionalism

Sunil Khilnani, Vikram Raghavan and Arun K. Thiruvengadam

in Comparative Constitutionalism in South Asia

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780198081760
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199082360 | DOI:
Introduction Introduction Reviving South Asian Comparative Constitutionalism

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This chapter offers a brief overview of the debates, notable individuals, and institutions that have made vital contributions to comparative studies of South Asian constitutionalism. While South Asia's economic integration is vital to the region's own prosperity and peace, and has global implications, dialogue and interconnection between the legal and governance structures present in the region has rarely been engaged in. Despite their divergent recent histories and political experiences, South Asian countries display a remarkable degree of constitutional and legal kinship. A study of similarities and differences as well as inter country ‘borrowings’ is called for. The chapter also discusses how contemporary scholarship should address foundational, ontological, epistemological and methodological questions regarding constitutionalism in the region. In the post-Independence era, Ivor Jennings has been one of the first to write about South Asian law. SOAS was among the first institutions to formally study South Asian law. Within South Asia itself, the Indian Law Institute has been one of the institutions that improved scholarship on South Asian law. The Sri Lankan lawyer and politician Neelan Tiruchelvam was very committed to studying South Asian constitutionalism. The essays in this volume have originated from two conferences held in London 2006, and in Singapore 2009. The author also acknowledges the ideas and scholarship of other contributors who were not present these meetings. The last half of the Introduction presents brief abstracts of the contents of the chapters that follow.

Keywords: comparative constitutional law; South Asian constitutionalism; contemporary scholarship; Ivor Jennings; South Asian law; constitutional borrowings; South Asian kinship; Indian Law Institute; Neelan Tiruchelvam

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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