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Call for Applications for Temporary Lecturer- Department of Law

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the Post of Temporary Lecturer at the Department of Law, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, until the 16th of April, 2021.
Call for Applications for Temporary Lecturer.PDF

A group of academics attached to the Department of Law of the University of Peradeniya submits a set of proposals to the Experts’ Committee appointed to draft a new Constitution for Sri Lanka

A group of academics attached to the Department of Law of the University of Peradeniya, drafted a set of proposals to be submitted for consideration by the committee appointed to draft a new Constitution for Sri Lanka. The academic staff members of the Department of Law has always been deeply mindful of the duty of academics to contribute ideas on matters of public importance with a view to enhancing public well-being/the quality of national life.
As making of a Constitution is perhaps the most momentous event in the life of a democratic State, the fundamental belief of the academics of the Department of Law is that the key objective of a Constitution in a democracy is to uphold sovereignty of the people, including fundamental human rights, through accountable government. Given the central role the Constitution is expected to play in the lives of the people, the academics who drafted these proposals sincerely hope that this endeavour would make a positive contribution not just to the current generation, but also generations to come.
Attached below is the pdf of the document.
Proposals for Constitutional Reform.PDF

The 10th Anniversary Commemmorative Publication Of The Department of Law

Attached below is the pdf of the document.

The Mooting Team of the Department Law to compete at the Jean-Pictet Competition 2021 (Indonesia)

The mooting team of the Department of Law have been selected to compete at the Jean-Pictet Competition 2021 scheduled to be held in Indonesia during the month of September, 2021. The team was selected out of 80 teams from 36 countries who have applied to the 2021 Jean-Pictet Competition. The teams are selected on the basis of merit assessed from the legal essays they submit before the competition.
The Jean-Pictet competition is an internationally renowned competition based on International Humanitarian Law. It is organized in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). It is a unique competition as the participants must compete in various role-play exercises and simulations of armed conflicts. They are assigned various roles of parties to the conflict whom they have to represent. This competition takes the law out of the text books and teaches the participants to apply it in day to day life.
The Team from the Department of Law have been selected twice to represent the University of Peradeniya at the Jean-Pictet Competition during the short period of 6 years since officially forming a mooting team. In 2016 the first mooting team of the Department applied to the same competition and competed with 48 teams from 31 different countries at Évian-les-Bains, France.
Ms. Navini Premalal, Ms. Dulmi Jayasinghe and Ms. Kaushalya Bowatte will attend the Jean-Pictet Competition in September 2021 and we wish them all the best.

Panel Discussion on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution

A panel discussion on the legal dimensions of the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution organized by the Department of Law, University of Peradeniya was held on the 29th of September 2020 at the Seminar Room of the Faculty of Arts. The panelists were Professor Arjuna Parakrama of the Department of English, Dr. Kalana Senaratne of the Department of Law, University of Peradeniya, and Mr. Mohan Weerakoon PC, a member of the Bar Association Committee on the 20th Amendment. The discussion was moderated by Professor Deepika Udagama, Professor of Law. Each panelist expressed his views on salient features of the proposed 20th Amendment and their impact on governance bringing in different perspectives on the issues. Academics and students from the audience raised thought-provoking questions reflecting the deep interest in constitutional issues. The discussion was organized with the objective of raising public awareness on the proposed changes to the Constitution and creating a platform for progressive discussion. The Department of Law has organized several such discussions on public issues in the past in performance of its social responsibility as a leading institution of legal education in the country, and aspires to reach broader audiences with such programmes in the future.

Henry Dunant Memorial Vernacular Moot Court Competition in Sinhala

The Sinhala mooting team of the Department of Law of the University of Peradeniya was placed runners-up at the Henry Dunant Memorial Vernacular Moot Court Competition in Sinhala, held on 18 December 2019 at the Faculty of Law of the University of Colombo. The competition was organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross, Sri Lanka. The mooting teams from the Department of Law have performed well at this prestigious competition, which is originally conducted in the English language. Previously, the Department emerged national champions after winning the competition in 2016, while it was placed third in 2015. The competition this year was unique as it was the first time that the competition was held in the Sinhala and Tamil languages. This was also the first time that the Department of Law took part in a Sinhala-mooting competition.

The Inaugural Sir Ivor Jennings Memorial oration organized by the Department of Law

The Department of Law, which celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2019, organized the inaugural Sir Ivor Jennings Memorial Oration which was held on 13th of December 2019 at the Senate Room of the University of Peradeniya. The inaugural oration, titled "Constitutionalism, Governance and the People" was delivered by Prof. Savitri Goonesekere, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Colombo. Prof. Goonesekere, who was educated at the University of Ceylon (Peradeniya) and Harvard University, is one of Sri Lanka’s most renowned legal academics and jurists. She was the first woman to be appointed as Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo and has served in numerous national institutions and committees, including the University Grants Commission. She has published a number of books which are leading works especially on the legal status of women and children in Sri Lanka. The event, which was chaired by the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya, Prof. SHP Parakrama Karunaratne, was well attended, with numerous academics and professionals representing a diverse array of disciplines were present. The Jennings Memorial Oration will be an annual event organized by the Department of Law.

Department of Law Awarded the Neelakandan Tiruchelvam Gold Medal for Excellence in Constitutional Law

Department of Law Mooting Team Emerge Winners at the Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court National Competition 2016

The mooting team of the Department of Law emerged the champions at the Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court National Competition 2016 organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, held at the premises of the University of Colombo on the 6th and 7th October 2016. The team not only became the champions of the competition, but also won the award for the best memorial and Ms. Agana Gunawardene won the award for the best advocate. The team; Ms. Agana Gunawardene, Ms. KithminiAviruppola and Ms. Pamoda Jayasundera, would be representing Sri Lanka at the South Asian Regional rounds which would be held in India.

Jean-Pictet Competition 2016

Ms. Piumi Denagamage, Ms. Ruvini Katugaha and Ms. Thivanka Ratnayake, from the Department of Law have been selected to the Jean-Pictet Competition 2016 pursuant to an extremely competitive selection process by the Jean-Pictet committee. The competition, which is to be held from 19-26 March 2016 in Évian-les-Bains, France, is a prestigious international Humanitarian Law (IHL) competition, which affords the opportunity for participants to engage in the practical application of IHL, the theoretical aspects of which they learn within an academic environment.

Enrolment as Attorneys-at-Law

The first batch of graduates of the Department of Law was recently enrolled as Attorneys-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. It is hoped that these newly enrolled attorneys-at-Law will begin to make a difference to the traditional practice of the law by taking forward the social justice vision of the new inter-disciplinary curriculum of the Peradeniya Department of Law.

Appointment of Dr. Deepika Udagama as chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka

Dr. Deepika Udagama, former Head of the Department of Law was recently appointed the new Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL). Previously, Dr. Udagama served as a member of the HRCSL and also of the Law Commission of Sri Lanka. She has also served on UN human rights bodies including as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Sub-Commission`s Co-Special Rapporteur on Globalisation and its impact on Human Rights. Dr Udagama was also the Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo.

Lending a Voice for Public Causes/ Expressing Empathy

On April 26, 2015 law students staged a demonstration as a group of concerned citizens calling for the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. It was staged at the George E. de Silva Park in Kandy.

A candlelight vigil was similarly staged by law students on May 27, 2015 at Galaha Junction to express solidarity with victims of rape and other forms of sexual violence and to call on authorities to enforce the law in a stringent manner. The vigil was staged pursuant to news of several brutal rape cases around the country including that of teenager Vithiya in Jaffna.

Second year law students offered the mid-day meal to patients warded at the Cancer Ward of the General Hospital on June 08, 2015.

Law Students Present Research Papers at Academic Symposia

New Dynamics, Directions, and Divergences in the Humanities- International Conference organized by the Faculty of Humanities-University of Kelaniya-May 21-22, 2015

Suvimali Warnathunga- (A/10/LLB/043) (“Analysis of rising child abuse in the Polonnaruwa District in the context of the gap between law and  society”)

The 2nd International Student Conference on Business (ISCB)  on the theme The future is global: Sharing student insights on gaining sustainable competitive advantage in the global business network.” - University of Kelaniya - 21st November 2014

N.P. Dissanayaka (A/LLB/09/010) (on “Debt Recovery Legislation of the Sri Lankan Banking Sector”), M.P.G.R.K.Marasinghe (A/LLB/09/022) (on “Use of Information and Communication Technology Law to Obtain Advantages in the Global Business Network”) and P.R.S.M. Peramune (A/LLB/09/027) (on “Application of E-Commerce in Sri Lanka During the Last Decade”) presented research papers at the above conference.

The student presenters were mentored by Ms. Kanchana Liyanapathirana, Lecturer (Probationary).

Combining Legal Education with Community Empowerment

All final year law students recently engaged in a community-based research and awareness raising program undertaken as an assignment for the Law Clinic (LAW 498) course. Student groups were required to select local communities in close proximity to the campus in order to find out their legal needs and to conduct awareness raising programs on the available legal remedies. Building linkages with the local communities through educational activities is seen by the Department as a means of encouraging students to develop social empathy and to view the law as a tool for achieving social justice.

Location Issue
01 Gohagoda Site of improper waste disposal of the Kandy city giving rise to many social and health issues; illegal eviction from land by the state
02 Hindagala Property disputes of the residents; issues of domestic violence; soil erosion due to unauthorized building
03 Pamunuwa-Pilimathalawa Access to legal aid; general legal issues of the community
04 Hantana Estate-Hantana Lack of ownership of land which the residents have possessed for decades (State land); non-payment of EPF/ETF contributions by the estate management; lack of adequate drinking water
05 Uda Peradeniya Delay in awarding ownership of land to settlers by the government; drug addiction; child abuse
06 Dangolla Illegal arrests; domestic violence; drug addiction
07 Balagolla- Industrial Zone Devolution of property under the general law; EPF/ETF entitlements of garment factory workers; the right to compensation for violations of industrial safety

The activity was guided by Dr. D. Udagama, Lecturer in charge of the Law Clinic with the assistance of Ms. Menaka Lecamwasam, Temporary Lecturer.

Student Societies/Events/Activities:

Student societies

  • Law Students’ Association
  • Mooting Society
  • Environmental Association

de lege musica- A literary evening
The Department held its first ever literary evening “de lege musica” (the Music of Law) on 11th June 2015. The well attended event sought to highlight the literary and performing talents of the students of the Department, affording a glimpse into lives beyond the written law. The event included recitals by law students of original compositions of poetry, free verse, spoken word poetry, musical compositions, and short stories in all three languages. An eclectic collection of performances based on themes ranging from the pleasures and vexations alike of life as university students to eye-openers on rape and abortion defined the event. The successful evening has set the tone for many more such endeavors by the Department in the coming years.

New Year Festival
The annual New Year Festival of the Department of Law of University of Peradeniya organized by the Law Students' Association was held on 5th of April 2016 at the Department premises. The event was made a success with the participation of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts; Prof. O.G. Dayaratne Banda, the Department Head; Dr. Samanmala Dorabawila, the Head and the staff of the Fine Arts Department and our beloved lecturers of the Department of Law. Students of all four batches made an immense effort to organize the games and to ensure that the day was full of entertainment for all participants. The Festival began with a combination of Sinhala and Tamil rituals of the New Year with the participation of the distinguished guests and students of all ethnicities depicting the true spirit of national unity. The students had arranged a table of Sinhala and Tamil sweetmeats and they made the day a tasty experience. A number of games were held throughout with the participation of the students and the staff. Winners were rewarded with gifts which they could share with the batch mates. The day came to an end after all these fun-filled activities adding a remarkable memory to the hearts of all.