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Programmes

Law & Society Trust conducts in-depth research into the thematic areas of our programmes in order to better inform policy interventions and advocacy.

LST’s core programmatic pillars are Law & Society, Law &
the Economy, and Law & Governance.

Research Unit

LST’s Research arm undertakes non-partisan, independent research, with a view to establishing the trust as a significant think tank in Sri Lanka and the region. The team conducts national-level field research and advocacy on a number of key areas, ranging from social and economic justice to labour and land issues. The Unit’s objective is to bring grassroots issues to the attention of policymakers.

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Research Unit

LST’s Research arm undertakes non-partisan, independent research, with a view to establishing the trust as a significant think tank in Sri Lanka and the region. The team conducts national-level field research and advocacy on a number of key areas, ranging from social and economic justice to labour and land issues. The Unit’s objective is to bring grassroots issues to the attention of policymakers.

Law & Society

  • Minorities, Social Justice and Inclusion
  • Post-war Social and Economic Justice
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Law & Society

  • Minorities, Social Justice and Inclusion
  • Post-war Social and Economic Justice

Law & the Economy

  • Labour, Work and Poverty
  • Land and Spatial Justice
  • Resource Governance
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Law & the Economy

  • Labour, Work and Poverty
  • Land and Spatial Justice
  • Resource Governance

Law & Governance

  • Law, Governance and Participatory Democracy
  • Rule of Law and Constitutional Reform
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Law & Governance

  • Law, Governance and Participatory Democracy
  • Rule of Law and Constitutional Reform

Special Projects

Citizens Commission on the Expulsion of the Northern Muslims (October 1990)

In October 1990, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) expelled the entire Muslim population of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Within a period of 48 hours the LTTE systematically chased out close to 75,000 Muslims residing in the districts of Kilinochchi Mulaitiwu, Jaffna, Mannar and parts of Vavuniya. The LTTE expulsion of Muslims from five Northern districts in October 1990 has not been adequately integrated into any mainstream historical narrative in Sri Lanka.

The Law & Society Trust in partnership with three Northern Muslim organizations and an advisory group of prominent Muslim civil society actors conducted a truth seeking initiative in the form of a Citizens’ Commission. The objective of the exercise was to produce authoritative documentation of the expulsion and its consequences that is sanctioned by the community, and to list the community’s grievances through a document endorsed by a Commission consisting of eminent civil society actors.

Access the archive of the website here.

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Special Projects

Citizens Commission on the Expulsion of the Northern Muslims (October 1990)

In October 1990, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) expelled the entire Muslim population of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Within a period of 48 hours the LTTE systematically chased out close to 75,000 Muslims residing in the districts of Kilinochchi Mulaitiwu, Jaffna, Mannar and parts of Vavuniya. The LTTE expulsion of Muslims from five Northern districts in October 1990 has not been adequately integrated into any mainstream historical narrative in Sri Lanka.

The Law & Society Trust in partnership with three Northern Muslim organizations and an advisory group of prominent Muslim civil society actors conducted a truth seeking initiative in the form of a Citizens’ Commission. The objective of the exercise was to produce authoritative documentation of the expulsion and its consequences that is sanctioned by the community, and to list the community’s grievances through a document endorsed by a Commission consisting of eminent civil society actors.

Access the archive of the website here.