Explanatory Note

As was my style and method with CM I have refrained from dramatically amending Jennings’ manuscript below and have tried to present it as he had left it in his papers.  I have had to make some changes as certain notes and sections were incomplete and obviously in the wrong order.  Due to the scarcity of reliable primary documents of the period in Sri Lanka key constitutional documents, speeches and letters are reproduced within the volume.  I have provided throughout the main text brief footnotes – though I have not done this for quotations from reports or for Jennings’ notes except to clarify the source of the text.  Readers will notice in the main body italicised text.  This indicates text that Jennings had originally added, but later crossed out or queried.  Due to the value of the information they contained I have made the decision to include them, but the reader should take them with caution.  It is my opinion that most of this text italicised here had been marked for omission due to political sensitivities.  None of the people mentioned in this book are alive and the negotiations for independence are no longer covered by official restrictions thus I believe it is worth including these valuable pieces once more in the manuscript.

Key recent texts have been written on Jennings since his death.  For further information on him, his writings and scholarly appraisals of his work the readers interested in his role in Ceylon are encouraged to consult the following:

W. Bradley, ‘Sir William Ivor Jennings: A Centennial Paper’, Modern Law Review, 67, no. 5, September 2004, pp. 716–733

M. de Silva, “Ivor Jennings and Sri Lanka’s Passage to Independence”, Asia Pacific Law Review, vol. 13, no. 1, 2005, pp. 1–18.

M. de Silva (ed.), British Documents on the End of Empire, Series B – Sri Lanka, Part I The Second World War and the Soulbury Commission 1939–1945 and Part II Towards Independence 1945–48, London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1997

H.A.I. Goonetilleke (ed.), The Road to Peradeniya: An Autobiography, Colombo: Lake House, 2005

H.A.I. Goonetilleke (ed.), The Kandy Road, Peradeniya: University of Peradeniya, 1993

Kumarasingham, “Eastminsters – Decolonisation and State Building in British Asia” in H. Kumarasingham (ed.), Constitution–Making in Asia – Decolonisation and State–Building in the Aftermath of the British Empire, London: Routledge, 2016

Kumarasingham (ed.), Constitution–Maker: Selected Writings of Sir Ivor Jennings, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015

Kumarasingham, A Political Legacy of the British Empire – Power and the Parliamentary System in Postcolonial India and Sri Lanka, London: I.B. Tauris, 2013

Mara Malagodi, ‘The Oriental Jennings: An Archival Investigation into Sir Ivor Jennings’ Constitutional Legacy in South Asia’, Legal Information Management, 14, no. 1, March 2014, pp. 33–37.

Laksman Marasinghe, “Sir William Ivor Jennings (1903–1965)”, in Law & Society Trust (ed.) Legal Personalities of Sri Lanka, Colombo: Law & Society Trust, 2005

Asanga Welikala, “ ‘Specialist in Omniscience’? Nationalism, Constitutionalism, and Sir Ivor Jennings’ Engagement with Ceylon” in H. Kumarasingham (ed.), Constitution–Making in Asia – Decolonisation and State–Building in the Aftermath of the British Empire, London: Routledge, 2016

Asanga Welikala, “The Failure of Jennings’ Constitutional Experiment in Ceylon: How ‘Procedural Entrenchment’ led to Constitutional Revolution” in A. Welikala (ed.), The Sri Lankan Republic at 40: Reflections on Constitutional History, Theory and Practice, Colombo: Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2012

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