Main Objectives of CELP:
✽ To promote research in the areas of environmental law and policy
✽ To contribute for law and policy reform through research and education
✽ To promote and enhance environmental law and policy education in the university and the country
✽ To lead and collaborate on environmental law and policy education and research
✽ To provide legal and policy advice and services
✽ To build partnerships with the relevant stakeholders
The remarkable achievements made by the Centre for Environmental Law and Policy by the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo during this short span of time is truly commendable. Since its inception the CELP has successfully lived up to its main objective in promoting environmental protection and conservation in Sri Lanka by organising an array of international webinars, initiating highly beneficial regional collaborations and contributing to the national environmental law literature by producing landmark publications. The University of Colombo is persistently committed in adopting the sustainable development goals(SDGs), and building an environmentally conscious society which acknowledges the needs of the present and future generations. CELP provides an excellent platform to the University of Colombo by connecting the national and international communities who thrive to fulfil their collective responsibilities to safeguard the degrading environment in our world. As the leading institution specialising in Environmental Law and Policy within the University education system in Sri Lanka, I believe that CELP will undoubtedly be the cornerstone of the futuristic change that is essential to bring about in society.
Senior Professor (Chair) H.D. KarunaratneVice Chancellor, University of Colombo
Although CELP has taken its roots in the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, its branches and twigs will continue to grow and spread out among the entire university system in Sri Lanka and ultimately its fruits of an environmentally conscious generation will be reaped by the society at large. The need to build and nurture environmental enthusiasts and young advocates for environmental justice within the academia of Sri Lanka will be addressed by this remarkable venture of CELP. Therefore, I am truly delighted to convey my warmest regards to the CELP team on behalf of the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo.
Prof. (Dr.) Nishantha Sampath PunchihewaDean, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo
As the Head of the Department of Public and International Law, which offers Environmental Law as a subject both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, I pen this message with great pride, wishing all the success to the new Center for Environmental Law and Justice (CELP). Within the short period since its commencement CELP has accomplished an impressive array of projects and publications which add much value to the legal literature, research and development on environmental law. Moreover, the international collaborations and the multi-disciplinary partnerships fostered by the CELP team in their ventures, are reflective of the high standards set by CELP. I believe these are indeed good omens of the long and successful path ahead for CELP. I therefore take great pleasure in wishing the very best for the CELP team in all their endeavours.