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‘The Oriental Jennings’: An Archival Investigation into Sir Ivor Jennings' Constitutional Legacy in South Asia


This article by Mara Malagodi investigates the legacy of British constitutionalist Sir Ivor Jennings (1903–1965) in South Asia. In 1941, when Jennings moved to Sri Lanka, a new phase of prolific writing on the laws of the British Empire and Commonwealth began for him, together with a practical engagement with constitution-making experiences in decolonising nations across Asia and Africa. The archival material relating to Jennings' work on postcolonial constitutional issues forms part of the collection of Jennings' Private Papers held at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in London. This article seeks to explain why this material has until now remained so under-researched.

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Anthony Bradley 2004. ‘Sir William Ivor Jennings: A Centennial PaperModern Law Review 67(5), 716733.

K.D. Ewing 2004. ‘The Law and the Constitution: Manifesto of the Progressive PartyModern Law Review 67(5), 734752.

Joseph Fernando 2006. ‘Sir Ivor Jennings and the Malayan ConstitutionThe Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 34(4), 577597.

Martin Loughlin 2004. ‘Sir Ivor Jennings and the Development of Public LawModern Law Review 67(5), 715.

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