Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's second Republican Constitution was adopted in 1978 and endured decades of protracted civil war. Since the cessation of the war, legal developments have been shaped by the legacy of the conflict. In 2015, the Sri Lankan Government adopted an ambitious constitutional reform agenda to bring about social and democratic transformation. A Constitutional Assembly has been established to begin drafting the new Constitution, following public consultations.

The Max Planck Foundation aims to support current efforts to identify the most appropriate constitutional system to implement and enforce the new Sri Lankan Constitution. To this end, the Foundation will prepare a comparative study on the spectrum of model solutions in modern constitutional design, as well as on solutions tailored to the needs and circumstances of the country.

The aim of this project is to empower the Constitutional Assembly of Sri Lanka by providing support and expertise through the development of in-depth, comparative research on constitutional adjudicatory mechanisms. It aims to advance the knowledge of Sri Lankan Parliamentarians and their legal support staff about different adjudicatory constitutional mechanisms through the implementation of workshops based on the comparative research conducted. As a result of this project, the Sri Lankan Constitutional Assembly will be further informed to determine the best model to compliment and uphold the new Constitution of Sri Lanka.


1 April 2017–31 December 2017