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Democracy, Pluralism, and Constitutionalism in Southern Asia

The Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law (ECCL) and the Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) successfully co-hosted a seminar on Democracy, Pluralism, and Constitutionalism in Southern Asia on 21st November 2017, in the Neil MacCormick Room, David Hume Tower.

The seminar, which was chaired by Navraj Singh Ghaleigh (Law) featured two major papers: Harshan Kumarasingham (SSPS) on A Royal Coup – The Forced Dissolution of Pakistan’s Constituent Assembly using the Royal Prerogative and the Misrule of Law and by Roshan de Silva Wijeyeratne (Griffith University) and Asanga Welikala (Law) on In Search of the Ancient Constitution? The Galactic Polity and the Constitutional Challenge of National Pluralism in Sri Lanka and Myanmar. The discussants for the papers were Jonathan Spencer (SSPS) and Wilfried Swenden (SSPS). The seminar was attended by student and staff participants from Law, SSPS, IASH, and the School of Geosciences.

Wijeyeratne and Welikala’s paper discussed the southern Asian states of Sri Lanka and Myanmar, which are both currently undergoing constitutional transitions in which the accommodation of ethnonational pluralism is a central and controversial issue. Aside from their geographic proximity at either end of the Bay of…

Posted on 19 Dec 2017 1:48pm

IAPS Deputy Director Carole Spary represents the NEW South Asia Network at the Scottish Parliament’s Festival of Politics

IAPS Deputy Director and NEW South Asia Network co-founder, Dr Carole Spary, recently participated in a panel on gender equality in the Scottish Parliament.

The panel was part of the annual Festival of Politics hosted by the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh from 19-21 October, with this year’s theme being ‘Rebellion and Revolution’. MSP Jackie Baillie chaired the panel, with other panellists including Women’s Equality Party co-founder and author Catherine Meyer, and Dr Vikki Turbine, Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. The panel was sponsored by the Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Edinburgh, which is co- chaired by Dr Wilfried Swenden and Dr Kanchana Ruwanpura, as part of their celebrations of India’s 70th anniversary of Independence. Carole Spary participated in the panel as part of the NEW South Asia Network collaboration between the Universities of Nottingham, Edinburgh and Warwick.

Catherine Meyer’s observant and wide-ranging account of gender inequality and her experience of founding the Women’s Equality party…

Posted on 22 Nov 2017 10:30am

The State of Democracy in India and Pakistan

The state of democracy in India and Pakistan. A critical reflection by Prof Katharine Adeney (University of Nottingham) and CSAS Co-Director Dr Wilfried Swenden on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of India and Pakistan

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Posted on 14 Aug 2017 12:13pm

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