Sri Lanka after the War: Rights, Governance and the Law presented by Dr Deepika Udagama

Event date: 
17 Oct 2011 1:00pm
Staff seminar room, Level 2, Law Building, University of New South Wales

Sri Lanka was once known for its high social indicators and tranquil way of life. Today, Sri Lanka presents a study in contrasts. While still boasting high social indicators, it has nevertheless seen sustained violence and fractious ethnic politics for decades. In May 2009 a nearly three decade long civil war came to an end with the government forces defeating the secessionist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). In her presentation the speaker will discuss human rights and governance issues facing post-war Sri Lanka, and critically assess the role of law in facilitating national reconciliation.

Deepika Udagama had her early legal education in Sri Lanka and went on to the University California at Berkeley for graduate studies where she earned both Masters and Doctor of Juridical Science degrees in international human rights law. On her return to Sri Lanka she played a pioneering role in introducing human rights law into legal education in Sri Lanka. She was the Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (1989- 2007) through which human rights education was promoted both at university and school levels. She taught and served as Head of Department of Law (2002-2008) at the University of Colombo before moving to the University of Peradeniya in Kandy, Sri Lanka. She currently serves as Head of the Department of Law at Peradeniya University.