Buddhism and Comparative Constitutional Law

This project investigates the role, influence and transformations of Buddhism in the context of Asian constitutional practice, past and present. This topic is one that has not been studied, even as the role of Buddhism in constitutional politics is increasingly prominent, and many countries of the region are in the midst of significant transformations. Bringing together scholars with diverse areas of expertise and disciplinary training, both US-based and international, the project has sought to elucidate the relationship between Buddhism and constitutional law in a comparative perspective. With COVID-19 making a physical workshop impossible, the project created a virtual workshop in coordination with a seminar at the University of Chicago Law School, and has now produced an edited volume at Cambridge University Press.