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22A: Why retain the Urgent Bill process?

22A: Why retain the Urgent Bill process?

Gehan Gunatilleke Parliament is about to debate the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution Bill this week. Among its features (both positive and negative), there appears to be one conspicuous gap: the ‘urgent’ Bill process is left untouched. One of the most egregious...

Unclear medicine pricing in Sri Lanka: The cost to the consumer

Unclear medicine pricing in Sri Lanka: The cost to the consumer

by Sakeena Razick The current economic crisis has resulted in severe shortages of vital medicines. Among demands for food, fuel, and power, is the clear public demand for a restoration of medical supplies within the country. But what if the problem runs much deeper...

Pricing under NMRA Act: Does it impede access to medicines?

Pricing under NMRA Act: Does it impede access to medicines?

By Ranil Angunawela and Malsirini de Silva The current shortage of various medicines in the market has thrown into sharp focus the regulatory regimes affecting the availability of medicines in Sri Lanka. It has also raised the issue of whether such a regulatory regime...

Reframing the Debate: The State & Disinformation in Sri Lanka

Reframing the Debate: The State & Disinformation in Sri Lanka

Gehan Gunatilleke I recently visited Berlin’s Stasi Museum, located in the former headquarters of the German Democratic Republic’s Ministry for State Security — the infamous ‘Stasi’. What struck me as I browsed through the installations was how central disinformation...

Ban on mobile insurance: Baby thrown out with the bathwater?

Ban on mobile insurance: Baby thrown out with the bathwater?

by Ranil Angunawela The Insurance Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (IRCSL) has banned with immediate effect the use, by insurers, of telecommunication service providers’ platforms in the promotion and sale of insurance products. The Direction (No. 4 of 2021) was...

President must probe into Sri Lanka’s vaccine tragedy

President must probe into Sri Lanka’s vaccine tragedy

by Gehan Gunatilleke Vaccines play a vital role in the battle against COVID-19. Countries that have vaccinated a majority of their population are doing better compared to their situation prior to vaccination. The rationale for swiftly and efficiently vaccinating a...

Regulating parate execution in extraordinary times

Regulating parate execution in extraordinary times

By Ranil Angunawela and Malsirini de Silva The COVID-19 pandemic and consequent public safety protocols have placed an enormous strain on individuals and the economy. State-imposed lockdowns have brought the economy to a virtual halt. Businesses have struggled to meet...

Salvaging the Port City Project

Salvaging the Port City Project

By Gehan Gunatilleke What is the only reasonable yardstick to assess any large-scale economic project in Sri Lanka? Simple: its benefit to the Sri Lankan people. Such public benefit should be the sole benchmark by which the proposed Colombo Port City project...

A Director’s Duties under Sri Lankan Company Law

A Director’s Duties under Sri Lankan Company Law

Ranil Angunawela The recent spate of corporate scandals, both locally and internationally, have brought to the forefront the role played by Directors, with particular emphasis being placed on the rights and responsibilities owed by Directors to their various...

R2P and the Normative Accountability of the UN Security Council

R2P and the Normative Accountability of the UN Security Council

Gehan Gunatilleke The ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P) doctrine has emerged in response to global challenges in protecting civilians from atrocities. According to the UN Secretary General’s (UNSG) latest report on R2P in 2015, the doctrine is organised under three...