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Ivor Jennings's Constitutional Legacy beyond the Occidental-Oriental Divide

Malagodi, M. (2015). Ivor Jennings's Constitutional Legacy beyond the Occidental-Oriental Divide. Journal of Law and Society, 42(1), pp. 102-126. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6478.2015.00700.x


Sir W. Ivor Jennings (1903–1965) was one of Britain's most prominent constitutional law scholars of the twentieth century. He is mostly famed for his work in the 1930s on English Public Law. In 1941, Jennings, however, moved to Sri Lanka, progressively becoming involved in both an academic and professional capacity with constitutional processes across the decolonizing world in the early stages of the Cold War. This article provides an alternative account of Jennings's constitutional legacy to those of existing scholars by combining orthodox accounts of the ‘Occidental Jennings’ with an analysis of the neglected ‘Oriental’ experiences of this influential intellectual. It examines the ambiguous relationship between constitutionalism and democracy in Jennings's constitutional work overseas, and the impact of his postcolonial work on his views on constitutionalism.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Journal of Law and Society, Cardiff University Law School and Blackwell Publishing. The definitive version is available at
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
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