Date(s) - 26/04/2018
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
University of Melbourne
Legal Pluralism in Sri Lanka, Judicial Development and Recent Reforms – Presented by The Honourable Prasanna Jayawardena
FREE PUBLIC LECTURE on Thursday 26, APRIL 2018, 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm
At University of Melbourne, Room 920, Level 9 Law 185 Pelham Street, Melbourne
In this public lecture, Justice Jayawardena will introduce Sri Lanka’s legal system and provide a brief account of judicial development and reform in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka has a diverse legal system,which incorporates three ancient legal systems (based on the different ethnicities in the country) and religious laws upon which the Roman-Dutch Law and a significant body of English Law have been superimposed. This diverse legal system has been supplemented by extensive statute law over the last two centuries.
Hon. Justice Prasanna Jayawardena – Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka
Supreme Court of Sri Lanka
The Hon. Justice Prasanna Jayawardena, PC was appointed to the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in 2016. A graduate of the Faculty of Law of the University of Colombo, Justice Jayawardena worked briefly as a research officer in the Legal Research Division of Marga Institute before joining HSBC, where he spent a decade in various senior management positions in the fields of banking, finance, commerce and management, both in Sri Lanka and abroad. In 1991, Justice Jayawardena commenced practice as Counsel with his own Chambers and was appointed a President’s Counsel in 2012. He developed an extensive practice in the area of the civil law specialising in the fields of commercial law, banking law, company law, intellectual property law and industrial law. Justice Jayawardena served as the Deputy President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka in 2013 and 2014. He has served as a visiting lecturer in Commercial Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Colombo and at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies established by the Incorporated Council of Legal Education. He also regularly conducts lectures and presentations at seminars and workshops in the field of legal education.