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Public Lecture #5 Prof Pratap Bhanu Mehta on Economic Rights in the Constitution

  • Excel World Auditorium 338 T B Jayah Mawatha Colombo 10, WP Sri Lanka (map)

"When Rights do us Wrong"

There is a proposal to incorporate Socio-Economic rights into the proposed new constitution in Sri Lanka.  In a latest contribution to the growing debate,  Prof Pratap Bhanu Mehta will offer his insights on the issue.  The Lecture will be followed by a Public Forum with Q&A from the audience.  The event is free and hosted jointly with Echelon Magazine.

Who is Pratap Bhanu Mehta? 

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is a leading political scientist and a public intellectual from India. He leads the Centre for Policy Research, one of India's top think tanks.  

Prof Mehta has taught at Harvard University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the New York University School of Law. His areas of research include political theory, constitutional law, society and politics in India, governance and political economy, and international affairs.

Prof Mehta has served on many central government committees, including India’s National Security Advisory Board, the Prime Minister of India’s National Knowledge Commission, and a Supreme Court-appointed committee on elections in Indian universities. Mehta is a prolific writer; he is an editorial consultant to the Indian Express, and his columns have appeared in dailies including the Financial Times, the Telegraph, the International Herald Tribune, and the Hindu. He is also on the editorial boards of many academic journals, including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Democracy, and India and Global Affairs.

Prof Mehta holds a BA (first class) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford and a PhD in politics from Princeton. He received the 2010 Malcom S. Adishehshiah Award and the 2011 Infosys Prize for Social Sciences - Political Science.


5.30 PM -  Registrations and Refreshments
6.00 PM -  Public Lecture by Prof Mehta
6.45 PM -  Q&A