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Constitution-Maker

Constitution-Maker
Selected Writings of Sir Ivor Jennings

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  • Editor: H. Kumarasingham, University of Cambridge; Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London
  • Date Published: March 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107091115

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  • Sir Ivor Jennings (1903–65), Downing Professor of Law at the University of Cambridge, was one of the twentieth century's most famous and significant constitutional scholars and the author of numerous well-known texts. Beyond his prestigious roles in Britain, Jennings was also very influential internationally as an advisor on constitutional questions during the 1950s and 1960s. This volume brings together for the first time previously unpublished letters, memoranda, diaries and confidential evaluations of constitutional issues, political elites and critical events in Ceylon, Ethiopia, India, Malta, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Rhodesia, Singapore, South Africa and Sudan. Also included are candid and forthright assessments on Britain's constitutional influence abroad and Jennings' direct experience of constitution-making. This collection sheds light not only on Jennings' work and influence, but also on British ideas about democracy and on institutions across the globe during the climactic era of decolonisation.

    • A collection of the writings of Sir Ivor Jennings (1903–65), a prominent constitutional scholar, including previously unpublished letters, memoranda, diaries and confidential evaluations of constitutional issues, political elites and critical international events
    • Sheds light on the process of constitution-making and on British ideas about democracy during the climactic era of decolonisation
    • Places these documents in the context of Jennings' role as an international advisor on constitutional questions during the 1950s and 1960s
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    • Date Published: March 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107091115
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    Part I. Ceylon:
    1. 'Anecdotes of D. S.', c.1952
    2. 'Notes on the formation of a new Government, March 1952'
    3. Note on proposal to dismiss Sir John Kotelawala, 15 September 1952
    4. 'The Queen of Ceylon', c.1953
    5. Notes on the royal visit to Ceylon, 1954
    Part II. Ethiopia:
    6. Letter to the United Nations Commissioner in Eritrea, 3 December 1951
    7. Letter to the United Nations Commissioner in Eritrea, 4 December 1951
    Part III. Gibraltar:
    8. 'Status of Gibraltar', c.1965
    Part IV. Malaya:
    9. The 'Malayan Saga': diary from the Reid Commission, 1956–7
    10. 'Constitutional Changes Implicit in the Terms of Reference' of the Reid Commission, 23 August 1956
    11. The State Constitutions, 31 August 1956
    Part V. Malta:
    12. 'The Malta Integration Bill', 16 November 1957
    Part VI. Nepal:
    13. Confidential note for the British Foreign Office on the framing of the new constitution of Nepal, undated
    14. 'Explanatory memorandum on the Constitution of Nepal', c.1958
    15. Confidential notes on Nepal, April 1958
    Part VII. New Zealand:
    16. Letter to the Governor-General of New Zealand, 2 November 1957
    Part VIII. Pakistan:
    17. 'The position in Pakistan', 29 October 1954
    18. 'The political situation in Pakistan', c.1955
    19. Kashmir Plan, 3 August 1955
    Part IX. Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland:
    20. Opinion given to the Office of the High Commissioner for Rhodesia and Nyasaland working on behalf of the Monckton Commission, Rhodesia House, London, 23 July 1960
    21. Diary from the London conference reviewing the Federation's Constitution, 1960–1
    Part X. Singapore:
    22. 'Singapore Chronicle' diary, 1956
    23. 'Singapore Constitutional Conference post-mortem', c.1956
    Part XI. South Africa:
    24. 'The Union of South Africa as a republic', c.1960
    Part XII. Sudan:
    25. Diary: 'Sudan Visit, 1958'
    26. 'The problem of the Southern provinces - some possible solutions', undated
    Part XIII. Constitution-Making and Political Observations:
    27. 'Republicanism in Asia', undated
    28. 'Constitutional issues in South Asia', undated
    29. 'Some Asian prime ministers', undated
    30. 'Constitution-making in Arcady', undated
    31. 'Constitution-making', undated
    32. 'Magna Carta and constitutionalism in the Commonwealth', undated
    Index.

  • Editor

    H. Kumarasingham, University of Cambridge; Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London
    Dr Kumarasingham is Smuts Research Fellow in Commonwealth Studies at the University of Cambridge and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. He also held an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship Award at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. His recent work covers comparative politics and how the Westminster system was exported across the world and includes the monograph A Political Legacy of the British Empire: Power and the Parliamentary System in Post-Colonial India and Sri Lanka (2013). Dr Kumarasingham is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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