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date: 25 February 2020

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This chapter assesses international law in Sri Lanka. During the early phase of the post-1945 norm-creating process, Sri Lanka shared with the newly independent Afro-Asian states their collective concerns about ‘an inherited legal order’ of essentially European origin. As the international community expanded with the decolonization process, Sri Lanka played a leadership role with other emerging independent nations of Asia and Africa in helping a new legal order to evolve. The historic Bandung Conference of 1955 was a major landmark in these efforts. A direct outcome of the conference was the formation of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Committee, which provided a common platform for Asian-African states to articulate their concerns and forge common positions on important international legal initiatives. After reviewing these developments, the chapter discusses Sri Lanka’s role in the United Nations treaty formulation process in the field of the suppression of terrorism.

Keywords: Sri Lanka, Asia, international law, host state law, Legal Consultative Organization, Bandung Conference, United Nations

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