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BIOGRAPHY

Rose Wijeysekera has a Ph.D. in Law (Colombo) and her research focus has been on Gender and Land in the Post-Armed Conflict, Northern Province of Sri Lanka: Women’s Rights to Restitution.  She is a Senior Lecturer of the Department of Private and Comparative Law, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo since 1995, and has headed the department since 2015.  Her special areas of focus are Women’s Rights Law, Children’s Rights Law and Family Law. Dr. Wijeyesekera is a resource person in training prospective female candidates to the National Parliament and Local Government Bodies, under the theme ‘Women as Agents of Change’ an Island-wide training programme coordinated by Women Parliamentarians’ caucus and USAID.  She is a Trainer on Human Rights of Women at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, University of Colombo and for the Women’s Bureau, Ministry of Child Development and Women Empowerment and Women’s Education and Research Centre (WERC). She is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Jaffna and Open University Sri Lanka.  She has been a Resource person on Gender to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka-Regional conferences, and a Consultant to the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Women and Gender, Parliament of Sri Lanka. Dr. Wijeysekera is the author of a book to be published by DAI-USAID on a review of the relevant existing legal instruments that discriminate against women and adversely impact on the participation of women in governance on an equal basis with men.  She has also contributed chapters to several books and authored several articles on issues relating to women and children.

Qualifications, Fellowships and Certifications

  • PhD 2017

    Doctorate Degree in Law

    University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • M.Phil 2003

    Master of Philosophy in Law

    University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • CTHE 1998

    Post Graduate Certificate Course in Teaching in Higher Education – (Merit Pass)

    Staff Development Centre, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • LL.B. (Hons) 1989

    Bachelor of Laws Hons. – Second Class (Lower Division)

    Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • LL.B.

    First Examination in Laws – University studentship for Second best results in the batch.

    Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Contribution at National & International level

  • Member 2018

    Member of

    Panel of Consultants of the National Policy on Women, Sri Lanka

  • Resource Person 2018

    Resource Person on

    Gender to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka- Regional Conferences

  • Member 2018

    Member of

    the Executive Committee, Sarvodaya Suwasetha’

  • Member 2018

    Member of

    the Board of Directors – Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA)

  • Consultant 2017

    Consultant to

    the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Women and Gender, Parliament of Sri Lanka

  • Member 2017

    Member of

    the Editorial Board of the National Science Foundation (NSF), Sri Lanka

  • Introduced 2016

    Introduced a new course of study

    - Gender Justice and Women’s Rights Law - for the Masters in Law (LLM) programme

  • Developed 2005

    Children’s Rights and Women’s Rights Law course

    in Masters in Law (LLM) Programme

  • Reviewer 2012

    Social Institutions and Gender Indicators (SIGI) country profile

    for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

  • Editor 2012

    – LLB Course Unit (Interpretation of Statutes & Documents),

    Open University of Sri Lanka.

  • Member 2010

    - N-PEACE | Engage for Peace, Equality, Access, Community and Empowerment

    - A South Asian regional organization.

  • Committee member 2009
  • Member 2009

    - Expert Committee on Family Law Reform

    appointed by the Hon. Minister of Justice and Judicial Reforms, Sri Lanka.

  • Co-ordinator 2008

    Examinations,

    Faculty of Law, University of Colombo.

  • Member 2005

    Member of the Routine matters Committee for undergraduate and post-graduate studies

    (two sub-committees of the Faculty Board) of the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo.

  • Member 2005

    Member of the Appeals Board

    Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

  • Member 2006

    Member of the Board of editors

    Colombo Law Review, Faculty of Law

  • Member 2003

    Member of the Student Supportive Committee,

    Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

  • Member 2000

    Member of the Specialist Committee for Glossary Revision,

    University of Colombo

  • Executive Committee member 2012

    Association of the Law Teachers

    University of Colombo.

  • Temporary Student Counsellor 1995

    Faculty of Law,

    University of Colombo.

Professional Career

  • 2019 2015

    Head of the Department

    Department of Private and Comparative Law, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

  • Present 1995

    Senior Lecturer

    Department of Private and Comparative Law, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

  • Present 2019

    Warden

    Thelawala Hostel for Lady Undergraduates, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

  • 20142005

    Course director

    Women’s Rights Law & Children’s Rights Law course, Taught Post-Graduate degree Programme (Masters in Law -LLM), Faculty of Law, University of Colombo.

  • 20172015

    Introduced and directed

    Gender Justice and Women’s Rights Law, Taught Post-Graduate degree Programme (Masters in Law -LLM), Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

  • Present2017

    Academic Coordinator

    Postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection and Rights, Centre for the Study of human Rights, University of Colombo.

  • Present2016

    Resource person

    In training prospective female candidates to the National Parliament and Local Government Bodies, under the theme ‘Women as Agents of Change.’ Island-wide training Programme coordinated by Women Parliamentarians’ caucus and USAID.

  • present2015

    Chairperson

    Library Committee of the Faculty of Law.

  • 20112010

    Course Director

    ‘Refugees, Migrant Workers and Trafficking’ in ASIA PACIFIC MASTERS IN HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRATIZATION, conducted jointly by the University of Sydney and the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, University of Colombo.

  • Present2010

    Trainer on Human Rights of Women

    • Women’s Bureau , Ministry of Child Development and Women Empowerment • Women’s Education and Research Centre (WERC)

  • 20122009

    Resource Person on Child Rights

    Child Rights, and Women’s Rights for the Sri Lanka Army (Directorate of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law)

  • Present2009

    Visiting lecturer and examiner

    The Open University of Sri Lanka

  • Present2006

    Visiting lecturer and examiner

    Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo

  • 19951994

    Examiner

    University of Jaffna, Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • Present2008

    Visiting lecturer

    Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration, Colombo 7.

  • 19951994

    Intern

    Lawyers for Human Rights and Development (LHRD), Colombo, Sri Lanka