Legal aid is the provision of assistance to people who are unable to afford legal representation and access to the court system due to poverty, illiteracy etc. Legal aid is regarded as central in providing access to justice by ensuring equality before the law, and thus considered to be a human right as well. Legal Aid Centre of the Faculty of Law of the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University is committed to assist the disadvantaged, underprivileged and marginalized people to seek access to justice by providing free legal advice and counseling, facilitating mediation and providing legal representation to resolve their legal problems. Legal Aid is available at the KDU Legal Aid Centre in the following fields:
● Human Rights ● Consumer Affairs
● Elders’ Rights ● Family Matters
● Rights of the Disabled ● Industrial Relations
● Women’ Rights ● Property Disputes
● Children’s Rights ● Environmental Issues
● Patients’ Right ● Domestic Violence
Legal advice is provided by the members of the academic staff of the Faculty of Law specializing in respective fields under the supervision of the Dean of the Faculty of Law, in collaboration with relevant governmental institutions and nongovernmental organizations. The Centre is open to the public from Monday to Friday between 8.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. with prior appointment.

Guest Lecture on Life Skills for Gen Z Legal Professionals

A Guest Lecture on ‘Life Skills for Gen Z Legal Professionals’ organized by the Legal Aid Centre of the Faculty of Law, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University was held on 20th January, 2022 with the participation of the final year undergraduates of the Faculty of Law. This was the first session of the Guest Lecture Series organised by the Legal Aid Centre for 2022 with the view of educating the students with practical aspects of Law and providing guidance for career development.

The Guest Speaker of this session was Mr. Malika Amarasekera who is an Attorney at Law and a renowned Career Coach in both legal and management disciplines. His lecture dealt with the essential life skills required for the overall development of a successful legal professional. 

This session provided the students with an invaluable opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary learning and to gain knowledge on real-world experiences which they could effectively utilize upon entering the legal profession. It was coordinated by Ms. Darshane Jayakody, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, KDU and Mr. Anushka Perera, Lecturer, Faculty of Law, KDU.

Webinar on Legal and Ethical Aspects of Compulsory Vaccination

Webinar on Legal and Ethical Aspects of Compulsory Vaccination

A webinar on Legal and Ethical Aspects of Compulsory Vaccination conducted by the Legal Aid Centre, Faculty of Law, KDU was held on 14th October 2021. An eminent panel of speakers representing legal and medical fields namely, Professor Susirith Mendis, Senior Professor of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, KDU, Professor Jean Perera, Professor of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, Chandana Liyanapatabendy PC and Mr Chanakya Jayadeva, Attorney at Law contributed to the webinar. Professor Mendis and Professor Perera stressed on the four pillars of medical ethics, the efficacy of a vaccine and collective responsibility of the public to be vaccinated in the interests of the greater good. Chandana Liyanapatabendy PC and Mr. Chankya Jayadeva provided a holistic overview of the applicable laws in Sri Lanka, a detailed analysis of their specific application to the COVID-19 Pandemic and international legal precedents which lay down principles relevant to mandatory vaccination. The participants of the webinar included members of academia and LLB undergraduates of Faculty of Law, KDU and others interested.  The session concluded with an interactive Question and Answer session. It was organized by Ms. Lihini De Silva, Coordinator, Legal Aid Centre and Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, KDU and Mr. Anushka Perera, Lecturer, Faculty of Law, KDU and was moderated by Ms. Indira Ratwatte, Lecturer, Faculty of Law.

Webinar on Port City Legal Framework

A webinar on Port City Legal Framework organized by the Legal Aid Centre, Faculty of Law, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) was held on 27th July 2021 from 0900hrs to 1100hrs. The members of the esteemed panel of speakers were Nihal Jayawardene PC, Dr Asanga Gunawansa, Navin Marapana PC and Dr Dilini Pathirana.

Nihal Jayawardena PC focused on the topic ‘Port City Act: Structure and Purpose’ where Navin Marapana PC dealt with the topic ‘Port City: Vistas of New Legal Dimensions’. Dr Dilini Pathirana highlighted the ‘International Investment Law Perspective of the Port City Project’ while Dr Asanga Gunawansa shared insights on ‘A New Resolution Regime for the Port City?’.

The participants of the webinar included the undergraduates of the LLB and BSc (Strategic Studies and International Relations). The webinar concluded with an engaging Question and Answer session between the panelists and the participants moderated by Ms Lihini De Silva, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, and Coordinator of the Legal Aid Centre, KDU.

Webinar on Environmental Law: National and International Perspectives.

Contact:

Legal Aid Centre,
Faculty of Law,
General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University,
Kandawala Road,
Ratmalana.

Tel. 0112 623028
E mail. law.faculty@kdu.ac.lk