Dr Asanga Welikala will present 'The Common Good and the Commonwealth' as the sixth event of The Common Good Project's Conversation Series exploring the question 'What is the Common Good?'

The Common Good Project seeks to foster a discussion on the relationship between law and the common good. The Project begins its efforts by exploring the common good from an array of perspectives. The Project hosts a weekly conversation series with legal theorists, philosophers, policy makers, economists, and others. 

Dr Welikala will discuss the role of property in the common good and how common good considerations have factored into constituional and judical views of property. 

As background for the Conversation, registrants should consider the following reading:


1. W. Elliot Bulmer (2015) A Constitution for the Common Good (Luath Press): Ch.2

2. Conor Casey, ‘‘Common-Good Constitutionalism’ and the New Battle over Constitutional Interpretation in the United States’, forthcoming in Public Law, September 2021

3. Terence C. Halliday and Lucien Karpik, ‘Political Liberalism in the British Post-Colony: A Theme with Three Variations’ in Terence C. Halliday, Lucien Karpik, and Malcolm M. Feeley (Eds.) (2012) Fates of Political Liberalism in the British Post-Colony: The Politics of the Legal Complex (Cambridge University Press): pp.3-55

4. Gertrude Himmelfarb (2008) The Roads to Modernity: The British, French and American Enlightenments (Vintage Books)

5. Uday Singh Mehta (1999) Liberalism and Empire: A Study in Nineteenth-Century British Liberal Thought (University of Chicago Press)

6. Michel Rosenfeld (1998) Just Interpretations: Law between Ethics and Politics (University of California Press): Ch.7

7. Anthony D. Smith (1998) Nationalism and Modernism: A Critical Survey of Recent Theories of Nations and Nationalism (London: Routledge): Ch.1.

8. Alfred Stepan, Juan J. Linz, and Yogendra Yadav (2011) Crafting State-Nations: India and Other Multinational Democracies (John Hopkins University Press)

9. Stephen Tierney (2006) Constitutional Law and National Pluralism (Oxford University Press)

10. Lorraine E. Weinrib, ‘The Postwar Paradigm and American Exceptionalism’ in Sujit Choudhry (Ed.) (2006) The Migration of Constitutional Ideas (Cambridge University Press): Ch.4

11. Asanga Welikala, ‘‘Specialist in Omniscience’? Nationalism, Constitutionalism and Sir Ivor Jennings’ Engagement with Ceylon’, CPA Working Papers on Constitutional Reform No.18, April 2018


Asanga Welikala, LLB, LLM, PhD (Edin) is Lecturer in Public Law and the Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law at Edinburgh Law School. 

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