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

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


The article investigates the legacy of British constitutionalist Sir Ivor Jennings (1903-1965) in South Asia. In 1940, 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.

Malagodi, Mara (2014) 'The Oriental Jennings' An Archival Investigation into Sir Ivor Jennings’ Constitutional Legacy in South Asia. Legal Information Management . ISSN 1472-6696 (In Press)


Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-print of an article which will be published in a special issue of Legal Information Management in 2014. It has been developed by the author (Dr Mara Malagodi, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, London School of Economics) from a paper she gave at “Legal Biography: a national socio-legal training day” at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies on Wednesday 15 May 2013. The workshop was jointly organised by the British Library, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and the Socio-Legal Studies Association.
Subjects: Law
Keywords: Commonwealth, Constitutional law, Sir Ivor Jennings, law and humanities, lawyers, legal biography, legal profession, legal scholarship
Divisions: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Collections: Legal Biography
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URI: http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/id/eprint/5111
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