Institut für Föderalismus
Faculté de droit


Sharing Experiences on Constitutional Models of Power Sharing in Sri Lanka

After having gone through a period of constitutional hardships, Sri Lanka has embarked on a constitutional reform process. Acting upon a request from local stakeholders to share international experiences on constitutional power sharing, the Institute was invited by the Embassy of Switzerland in Colombo to conduct a visit to Sri Lanka. The team included Prof. Eva Maria Belser and Maurizio Maggetti-Waser from the Institute and Prof. Nico Steytler from the Omar Dullah Institute in Cape Town, South Africa. In ten workshops held between 18 and 26 January 2016 in Jaffna, Kandy and Colombo – the three experts discussed models and concepts of power sharing with over 500 persons. The audience was composed of key stakeholders as Members of Parliament, Provincial Councils (subnational units), university communities, as well as representatives of the civil society, media and political parties.


The Swiss delegation in front of the Parliament and during the presentation of Prof. Belser and Prof. Steytler with Ambassador Walker-Nederkoorn (Switzerland), the Speaker of the House, Mr.  K. Jayasuriya and the Deputy Speaker Mr. T. Sumatripala.


Seminar at the Jaffna Library for members of the Northern and Eastern Provincial Councils (opening speech of the Chief Minister of the Northern Province Wigneswaran)