Advancing Institutional Capacity in the Sri Lankan Justice System

As Sri Lanka continues to strengthen its democracy and develop mechanisms for ensuring an effective access to justice and improved accountability, it becomes increasingly crucial to engage with representatives from all branches of the justice system.

Building on previous projects and engagements that the Foundation has had with partners in Sri Lanka, including the Bar Association of Sri Lanka and the Judges’ Institute, the Foundation will continue to support and facilitate dialogue on pressing issues amongst different actors in the justice system, complemented by comparative international law practices, research support and legal literature.

The Foundation will implement this project to provide technical legal assistance and capacity building to various groups, including the judiciary, lawyers and law enforcement practitioners. The project will combine a variety of activities, inter alia, training-of-trainer workshops, seminars, legal research and one conference on select rule of law topics. These will increase the familiarity of participants with public and international law matters and will ensure a multiplying effect long term.

The overall objective of the project is to strengthen the rule of law and uphold justice, thus ultimately building long-term institutional trust. Inparticular, it aims to support and strengthen the capacity of actors in the justice system to fulfil their respective mandates and to ensure compliance with Sri Lanka’s international obligations.

Funding

German Foreign Office

Duration

1 August 2020 – 31 July 2022

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