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Dr Asanga Welikala is a Lecturer in Public Law at Edinburgh Law School and the Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law. He is also a Research Associate of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, and Research Fellow of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), Sri Lanka. Asanga's research and teaching interests lie in British public law, comparative and Commonwealth constitutional law, applied constitutional theory, and the history of constitutional ideas. He is a leading expert on Sri Lankan constitutional law, and has been engaged in constitutional and legal advisory work in Sri Lanka, Iraq, the Maldives, Nepal, Thailand, Somalia, Egypt, Libya, Myanmar, and The Gambia.      





Current Research Interests

  • Plurinational Constitutionalism
  • Federalism, Devolution, and Other Forms of Territorial Governance 
  • Comparative Constitutional Design
  • Democratic Backsliding and Institutional Resilience
  • Comparative Constitutional Law in the Commonwealth
  • British and Commonwealth Constitutional History
  • Parliamentary Constitutionalism 
  • States of Emergency 


Research Groups

  • Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Law Discussion Group
  • Legal Theory Group
  • Territorial Politics Research Group
  • Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Edinburgh  


Twitter: @welikalaa

Groundviews Author Page: http://groundviews.org/author/asanga-welikala/

ConstitutionNet Voices from the Field Sri Lanka Page: http://www.constitutionnet.org/news/voices?language=All&region=56

Constitutional Reform in Sri Lanka: http://constitutionalreforms.org  

Collaborative Activity

Edinburgh Dialogues in Post-Conflict Constitution Building workshop series, with the Political Settlements Reserach Programme (PSRP) and the Constitution Building Programme of International IDEA.

The Arthur Berriedale Keith Forum on Commonwealth Constitutionalism.

Democratic Consdolidation and Constitutional Endurance, with the Melbourne Law School. 


Research students



  • Public Law of the UK and Scotland (PLUS) (Ordinary)
  • Public Law and Individual Rights (PLAIR) (Ordinary)
  • The Changing Constitution (Honours)
  • Fundamental Issues in Comparative Constitutional Law (Honours)
  • Advanced Comparative Constitutional Law (LLM)
  • Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (LLM in Human Rights)
  • South Asia in the World 

Administrative Roles

Course Organiser, Fundamental Issues in Comparative Constitutional Law

Course Organiser, Advanced Comparative Constitutional Law

Course Organiser, The Changing Constitution

Director, Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law

Education/Academic qualification

Law, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Beyond the Liberal Paradigm: The Constitutional Accommodation of National Pluralism in Sri Lanka, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 2 Jul 2015

Law, Master of Laws, European Public Law, University of Hull

Award Date: 24 Jan 2008

Law, Bachelor of Laws, University of Hull

Award Date: 2 Feb 2001

External positions

Research Fellow, CPA, Centre for Policy Alternatives

Research Associate, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London

Contributing Editor, Jotwell International and Comparative Law Section


  • K Law (General)
  • Public Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Theory
  • Commonwealth Constitutional History
  • Plurinational Constitutionalism
  • Constitutional Transitions


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