BIOGRAPHY

NAAZIMA KAMARDEEN, Professor, Department of Commercial Law, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

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.

Currently, she teaches international investment, intellectual property and tax law at undergraduate level, and international trade and intellectual property at post-graduate level. Her research interests include intellectual and cultural property, international law, biopiracy and traditional knowledge, trade and investment, environment, research ethics and Muslim personal law reform.

She is a member of the Law Commission of Sri Lanka and the Ethics Review Committee of the Sri Lanka Medical Association. She was a member of the National Committee that drafted the legislation on Plant Variety Protection.

She has authored two books, “Global Trade and Sri Lanka: Which Way Forward?” published in 2016, and “Biopiracy’s Forgotten Victims: Lessons from Sri Lanka” published in 2019.

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

  • Now2021

    Professor

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

  • 20172015

    Secretary

    Association of Law Teachers of the University of Colombo

  • Now2015

    Assistant Secretary

    Alumni Association of the University of Colombo

  • 20212021

    Member

    Ethics Review Committee, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo

  • 20212021

    Lecturer and examiner

    Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.

  • 20212021

    Lecturer and examiner

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

  • 20212021

    Lecturer and examiner

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

  • 20212021

    Lecturer

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

  • 20212021

    Lecturer and examiner

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

  • 20212021

    Lecturer

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

  • 20212021

    Lecturer

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

  • 20212021

    Examiner

    Sri Lanka Law College.

  • 20212021

    Examiner

    Department of Law, University of Jaffna

  • 20212021

    Executive and other positions on boards of international, national organizations

  • 20102004

    Coordinator

    Alumni Internship Programme