Our Vision

A society free from violent conflict, discrimination and social injustice and based upon human dignity for all.

Our Mission

To utilise rights-based strategies in research, documentation and advocacy, and to promote the full realisation of the rule of law, justiciability of rights and public accountability.

Our Founder

Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam

Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam completed his LL.B at the University of Colombo, and his LL.M and SJD at Harvard University, where he was a lecturer at the Harvard Law School. He authored a number of publications on law, development and social justice. He was a Director of both the Law & Society Trust (LST) and the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES), and a Senior Partner of Tiruchelvam Associates—a leading law firm in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Tiruchelvam was a Member of Parliament and a Member of the Select Committees on Constitutional Reform and Standing Orders in 1995. From 1978 –1983, he was a member of the Law Commission appointed by the President to report on all aspects of law reform, and from 1979-1980 he was a member of the Presidential Commission on democratic decentralisation and devolution. He participated in a number of international election observer missions, including in Chile, Pakistan, Hungary, Bangladesh and Nepal. Dr. Tiruchelvam also assisted in the evaluation of the draft constitution of Kazakhstan and in the review of the constitution-making process in Ethiopia.

In December 1992, Dr. Tiruchelvam delivered a keynote address at the Conference on Constitutionalism and Democratic Politics in China. In January 1993, he delivered a keynote address to the Council of Europe at the Conference on Human Rights at the Dawn of the 21st Century in Strasbourg. He was co-chair of an international evaluation team on the peace structure in South Africa, which was constituted by the National Peace Council and International Alert. Dr. Tiruchelvam delivered the Chandra Soysa Memorial Lecture on “Crisis of Constitutionalism in South Asia”, the Bandaranaike Memorial Lecture in 1992 and the Kanchana Abeypala Memorial Lecture in 1996.

Dr. Tiruchelvam was assassinated by a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber in July 1999.

Board of Directors

Dr. Shivaji Felix
Dr. Shivaji FelixChairman
Mr. G.J.T. Alagaratnam P.C.
Mr. G.J.T. Alagaratnam P.C.Director
Mr. Tissa Jayatilaka
Mr. Tissa JayatilakaDirector
Ms. Anushya Coomaraswamy
Ms. Anushya CoomaraswamyDirector
Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda
Prof. Jayadeva UyangodaDirector
Dr. Farzana Haniffa
Dr. Farzana HaniffaDirector

Our Staff

Sakuntala Kadirgamar
Sakuntala KadirgamarExecutive Directored@lstlanka.org
M. Hasara Dilhani Fernando
M. Hasara Dilhani FernandoHead of Finance & Administrationhof@lstlanka.org
Sandun Thudugala
Sandun ThudugalaHead of Programmeshop@lstlanka.org
Janaki Dharmasena
Janaki DharmasenaHR & Administrative Officeradmin@lstlanka.org
P.M. Senarathna
P.M. SenarathnaProgramme Managerpm@lstlanka.org
Dilani Wickramasinge
Dilani WickramasingeLibrarianlibrary@lstlanka.org
Dilhara Pathirana
Dilhara PathiranaIn-house Editoreditor@lstlanka.org
Prasanna Gajaweera
Prasanna GajaweeraAccounts Assistantfinance@lstlanka.org

LST Today

The Law & Society Trust (LST) is a not-for-profit organisation engaged in legal research, advocacy and human rights documentation.

Our aim is to use rights-based strategies in order to promote and protect human rights, enhance public accountability and strengthen respect for the rule of law. LST has built strong networks in different communities by implementing effective programmes, engaging in advocacy based on sound research and operating consistently in democratic spaces wherever they exist in order to strengthen institutions, promote equal access and uphold good governance through honesty, transparency and persistent inquiry.

The interventions mentioned above have included rights education, advocacy, skills training and engagements with community–based organisations, duty bearers at the district and national levels, judges, lawyers and opinion leaders. The organisation also focuses on awareness raising with respect to human rights, dissemination of information on critical aspects of its work, and network and coalition-building at a national and international level. The knowledge gained through these efforts has shaped the strategies and approaches adopted in all of LST’s programmes.

LST was founded in 1982 by the late Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam under the Trusts Ordinance. It was subsequently incorporated in 1992 under the Companies Act No. 17 of 1982 and given Registration No. N(A) 211. LST has since re-registered as required by law under the new Companies Act No.07 of 2007.