APIIT Law School, in collaboration with USAID
“APIIT Law School, in collaboration with USAID, held a series of workshops, every Saturday – spanning four weeks, commencing on the 20th March 2021 and ending on the 10th of April, 2021. The workshops were under the broad theme of ‘Forensics and the Role of the Prosecutor’ aimed at inculcating a continuous learning process for undergraduates and young lawyers. The individual topics were varied and structured around areas that are highly sought after by students and practitioners. Four workshops were conducted, under the following areas:
- Forensic Sciences and Forensic Expert Opinion & Testimony in the Criminal Justice System of Sri Lanka – conducted by the Honourable Justice Yasantha Kodagoda, (Judge of the Supreme Court) and Mr. Kent Mortimore (Chief of Party, USAID Core Justice Programme).
- Cybercrimes – Laws, Investigation and Challenges: a Sri Lankan Perspective – conducted by Ms. Ashwini Natesan (Legal consultant, researcher and lecturer), Mr. Ravindu Meegasmulla (Information Security Engineer – CERT) and Hithwathi (a non-profit organization).
- Violent Crimes and Sexual Offences – conducted by Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane (Former Justice of the Supreme Court) and Mr. Prasantha Lal De Alwis (President’s Counsel).
- Financial Crimes – conducted by Mrs. Subhashini Siriwardena (Asst. Director General, Commission to investigate allegations of Bribery and Corruption) and Mr. John Webb (Assistant US Attorney)
A large number of APIIT law school undergraduates and young attorneys attended all four sessions, enjoying their informative and interactive sessions. Theoretical aspects of the law were discussed simultaneously with their practical application; the students engaged in role plays, discussions and deliberations to enhance their knowledge. It was a truly an opportunity to further the ethos of APIIT, to be leader in continuous and quality education.”