Benjamin schonthals buddhism politics and the limits of law the pyrrhic constitutionalism of sri lanka represents the best of this work it underlines the critical importance of a law and society approach for anyone wishing to gain insight into the promise and perils of constitutionalizing religion and religious freedom. Indeed he employs the term pyrrhic constitutionalism to describe how constitutional law has deepened rather than diminished conflicts over religion in sri lanka schonthal defines pyrrhic constitutionalism as a discordant relationship between the goals and the effects of constitutional law at 12. With buddhism politics and the limits of law at least sri lankas experiences with pyrrhic constitutionalism shall not now be left out of the conversation 4 references hirschl ran 2010 constitutional theocracy. Buddhism politics and the limits of law the pyrrhic constitutionalism of sri lanka benjamin schonthal it is widely assumed that a well designed and well implemented constitution can help ensure religious harmony in modern states. Buddhism politics and the limits of law the pyrrhic constitutionalism of sri lanka benjamin schonthal university of otago 1 introduction religion law and the pyrrhic constitutionalism of sri lanka courtrooms are not places that one expects to see buddhist monks which is why visitors to sri lanka are often surprised by newspaper images of saffron robed men filing into or out of the island
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