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.