BIOGRAPHY

Professor Naazima Kamardeen holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, a Master of Laws degree in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University USA, where she studied as a Fulbright scholar, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She is also an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.

She is a recipient of the Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (CTHE) as well as the Accreditation of Senior Teachers in Higher Education (ASTHE), both with SEDA accreditation. Currently, she teaches investment, intellectual property and tax law at undergraduate level, and trade and intellectual property at post-graduate level. Her research interests include intellectual property, biopiracy and traditional knowledge, trade and investment, environment, research ethics and Muslim personal law reform. She was a member of the National Committee that drafted the law on Plant Variety Protection. She is a member of the Ethics Review Committees of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo and the Sri Lanka Medical Association. She is also the Director of the Staff Development Centre of the University of Colombo. Since March 2020, she is a Member of the Law Commission of Sri Lanka. She has published widely in referred, indexed journals of high repute. She has published two books, namely “Global Trade and Sri Lanka: Which Way Forward?” in 2016, and “Biopiracy’s Forgotten Victims: Lessons from Sri Lanka” in 2019. She was the recipient of the University Research Award for 2016 and the Senate Award for Research Excellence in 2017.

Qualifications, Fellowships and Certifications

  • Ph.D.

    Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

    University of Colombo

  • LL.M

    Master of Laws in International Legal Studies

    Georgetown University USA

  • LL.B

    Degree of Bachelor of Laws

    Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

  • Attorney-at-Law

    Attorney-at-Law

    The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka

  • CTHE

    Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education

    with SEDA accreditation

  • ASTHE

    Accreditation of Senior Teachers in Higher Education

    with SEDA accreditation

Positions

  • Now

    Professor

    Department of Commercial Law, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

  • Now 2015

    Secretary

    Association of Law Teachers of the University of Colombo

  • Now2015

    Assistant Secretary

    Alumni Association of the University of Colombo

  • Member

    Ethics Review Committee, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo

  • Lecturer and examiner

    Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.

  • Lecturer and examiner

    Department of International Relations, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo.

  • Lecturer and examiner

    Master of Human Rights and Democratisation, University of Sydney and University of Colombo.

  • Lecturer

    course director and examiner, Master of Laws, University of Colombo

  • Lecturer and examiner

    Master of Human Rights and Democratisation, University of Sydney and University of Colombo.

  • Lecturer

    Short Course on Intellectual Property Law conducted by the Institute for Commercial Law and Practice, Sri Lanka.

  • Lecturer

    Short Course on Investment Law conducted by the Institute for Commercial Law and Practice, Sri Lanka

  • Examiner

    Sri Lanka Law College.

  • Examiner

    Department of Law, University of Jaffna

  • Executive and other positions on boards of international, national organizations

  • 2010 2004

    Coordinator

    Alumni Internship Programme