Department of Law

Faculty of Arts

University of Jaffna

The Annual Event of the Department and Launch of "NEETHAM", Annual Law Journal of the Law Students Association -2018

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Forum on Contemporary Issues in Law (Discussion Series 01/2019)


The registration for the LL.B degree programme will take place on the 18th of December 2018. The Department has scheduled a three day orientation programme to take place from the 19th to the 21st of December 2018. The programme will be soon uploaded to this page. The welfare branch has been requested to arrange for accommodation if needed. The Welfare branch can be contacted on 0212226716 for further details. The Department contact number is 0212229601.

The proper academic year (first year lectures) will commence on the 23rd of January 2018 for the freshers. More details to follow.

Relevant forms for registration can be found here:

Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court Competition - 2018

Organised by The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

A team representing the Department participated in the Regional Round Competitions held in the Islamic Republic of Iran, in December 2018. The team had previously emerged runners-up at the National Competitions.

Condolences - Dr. Wickrema Weerasooriya

The Department of Law condoles the death of Dr. Wickrema Weerasooriya, Member, University Grants Commission and Founder/Inaugural Chairperson of the UGC Standing Committee on Legal Studies. Dr Weerassoriya was a towering and multi-faceted personality - an academic, lawyer, administrator, diplomat and a prolific writer. He had an exceptional eye for identifying young talent and the graciousness to promote them wherever possible - a true hallmark for a leader. Dr. Wickrema Weerasooriya was a strong supporter of the Department and wished to see the Department elevated as a Faculty in the near future. We will miss him dearly and express our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Brief profile of Dr Weerasooroya: Dr. Wickrema Weerasooria was a lawyer and a well known legal academic. He was a student of Royal College and excelled in Law obtaining First Class Honours at the University of Ceylon and at the Ceylon Law College passing out First in order of Merit and winning the prize for Best Performance and the Law of Evidence. Thereafter, he obtained his PhD from the London School of Economics. He practiced law in Sri Lanka and then opted for an Academic career teaching both in Sri Lanka and in Australia as an Associate Professor in Law at the prestigious Monash University.

Dr. Weerasooria also held senior public sector posts in Sri Lanka as Secretary, Ministry of Plan Implementation, Acting Secretary, Ministry of Planning, Consultant, Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Tertiary Education. He also served as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific countries.

Visit of The UGC LL.B Programme Review Team - 2018

Our Vision

To be a leading legal centre of excellence in teaching, learning, research and scholarship.

Our Mission

To be a leading legal centre of academic excellence in producing intellectuals professionally competent in law by providing quality teaching, learning, and carrying out research to meet the emerging needs of the national and international community with special emphasis on the social, economical and cultural needs of Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka.

Our approach to the study of law

Law manages to affect everything, and is closely inter connected with other disciplines, particularly the social sciences. From international relations in international law, to medicine in tort law, to sociology in family law, to economics in contract law, the law interacts with a wide variety of disciplines.

We encourage our students to take a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of law while at the same time firmly grounding themselves in the foundations of that which makes law a distinct discipline. We aspire to teach, study and research the law both as an academic discipline of its own standing while also exploring its multi-disciplinary contours. We are concerned equally with producing technically sound lawyers as well as kindling the spirit of constantly asking the question of what the law ought to be. In other words our philosophy of teaching places equal importance on the question of ‘what is the law?’ as well as on ‘what ought to be the law?’. This we believe is what distinguishes an academic study of the law from a professional study of the law.


  1. Final Year Exams - (tentative) 17.12.2018 - 26.12.2018
  2. First, Second and Third Year Exams (tentative) - 03.01.2019 - 12.01.2019
  3. New academic year - first years - commences 23.01.2019
  4. New academic year - all other years of study - commences 28.01.2019
  5. The UGC LL.B Programme Review Team will do a site visit to the University from 26-29 November 2018
  6. Law Students Association will be organising a seminar on the Puttalam Garbage Crisis on 23 November 2018 at 2 pm at Room No 207, Faculty of Arts.


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