Sri Lanka

Extent of Environmental Law Teaching

(Preliminary Findings)

Law schools teach environmental law courses
Estimated number of scholars actively teaching environmental law
Not compulsory
Not made compulsory by the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka but each university can make its own decision whether or not to include environmental law courses in its law program.
A first degree is required to join a university in Sri Lanka as Probationary Lecturer and thereafter one must obtain a postgraduate qualification within 8 years for confirmation in the post.

Sri Lanka has 5 law schools and all 5 teach environmental law within the basic law degree. Only 1 law school offers environmental law at the post-graduate level. Results of the survey show that there is a lack of young scholars involved in teaching environmental law.

The biggest challenge is that Sri Lanka does not yet have a core group of young academics who can effectively take on the role of teaching environmental law. Very few have selected environmental law as their specialty for postgraduate studies and their competency in teaching and research in environmental law is still inadequate. There is a strong need to encourage the younger generation of academics to go into this field and adopt it as their area of expertise. The law schools also need to ensure that they have opportunities to develop this area of expertise and of that only half graduate.

The next generation of law teachers must be trained to take over the subject of environmental law and also be trained to offer it at a higher level. Many teachers who are currently teaching the subject have not specialized in it at postgraduate level. This also demonstrates the need to have more law teachers who can teach environmental law in Sri Lanka.