Mrs Kosalai Mathan

Mrs Kosalai Mathan
Senior Lecturer 
Department of Law, Faculty of Arts, University of Jaffna

Bachelor of Laws Degree University of Colombo

Attorney at –Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths.

Master of Philosophy in Law (MPhil) Faculty of Law, University of Colombo.


Assistant Lecturer in Law 2009-2010

Lecturer( Probationary) 2010-2018

Senior Lecturer 2018 to date

Mrs. Kosalai Mathan is a highly respected and accomplished legal scholar with a strong focus on Fundamental Rights and Human Rights, Constitutional principles, and their practical observance. She has an in-depth understanding of the role of the judiciary in a democratic state and is well-versed in the areas of Democratic Governance and Nation Building, Devolution, and other forms of power sharing.

Her research also extends to the traditional laws of the Sawalamai law and the ongoing reforms in it. She also has a keen interest in the legal and policy measures that affect family life, women, and child rights, including marriage, divorce, and domestic violence.

Mrs. Mathan is also well-versed in the legal and policy measures that have the potential to affect the general public, such as bans on tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. Her research also includes access to justice, which is a critical aspect of ensuring that all citizens have equal protection under the law.

Mrs. Kosalai Mathan is currently teaching a wide range of subjects for LLB undergraduates at the Department of Law, including Constitutional Law, Human rights law, Administrative Law, Law of Evidence and Criminal Procedure, Family law, Jurisprudence, Research methodology, Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, and Public International Law.

Awarded the University Studentship for the whole academic programme
based on the results obtained at the First Year Examinations 2005.

Ranked fifth at the Nationallevel and fourth in the Colombo District. Was awarded the Dr. C.W.W.Kannangara National Merit Award by the Hon Minister of
Education, Govt of Sri Lanka.

Academic research and conferences attended in the recent past

Mathan.K, The Protection of Minority Rights- A Critical Analysis of the Role of the Judiciary, International Conference on Contemporary Management, University of Jaffna, July 2016, paper presented and full paper published in the conference proceedings pp.293-311.

Mathan.K, The Contribution of the Judiciary in Upholding Electoral Democracy in Sri Lanka, International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences (ICHSS), University of Peradeniya, July 2016, paper presented and extended abstract published in the conference Proceedings.

Mathan.K, The Protection against Imminent Infringement of Fundamental Rights Sri Lanka, Manurawa Journal, The Law Students’ Human Rights Movement, Sri Lanka Law College, August 2016.pp.126-130.

Attended the annual symposium of the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo on the theme, Empowering Humanity: Challenges and legal responses on 22nd of October 2016.

Mathan.K, The Impact of Legal Provisions on Political Representation of Women inSri Lanka, International Conference on Multidiciplinary Approaches, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, October 2016, paper presented and abstract published in the conference proceedings

Mathan.K. “Devolution of Power-The Prospects under the proposed New Constitution”, International Conference of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka on 3rd of May 2017, paper presented and abstract published in the conference proceedings. Full paper is under the post-conference review process.

Mathan.K.“Judicial Review of Legislation-Whether Sri Lanka needs a Constitutional Reform?” International Conference on Contemporary Management of the University of Jaffna held on 25th and 26th of July 2017.

Mathan.K.“An Effective Judiciary and the need for Judicial Reform in Sri Lanka” International Conference on Multidisciplinary Approaches of the University of Sri Jayawardenapura, September 2017 on the title “An Effective Judiciary and the need for Judicial Reform in Sri Lanka”.

Mathan.K& Thambiah.N. Is president above the constitution? – A discussion in the background of constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka”,International Conference on Contemporary Management of the University of Jaffna held in July 2019

Mathan.K. & Mathumitha Don Bosco. “Foremost Place to Buddhism and its Implications in Sri Lanka”,International Conference on Contemporary Management of the University of Jaffna held inJuly 2019

Mathan.K. & Pathum Dulaj. Animal Cruelty & Welfare of Animals in Sri Lanka-Reflection on Current Legal Framework & Recommendations for reform, Ruhunu University International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences held in September 2019.

Mathan.K. & W.A.I.Senarathna. The Legal Response to Illegal Utilization of Wetlands in Sri Lanka -A Case Study of Muthurajawela Marsh – Negombo Estuary”, interdisciplinary Conference of Management Researchers of Sabaragamuwa University held in October 2019.

Principal researcher for the research on the title “The Implications of Ban on Tobacco Industry in Jaffna- Direction towards effective alternatives” and has secured the university research grant worth of 4 lacks

Junior researcher for the research titled ‘ Language Rights, Gender Equality, Women’s Empowerment, Conducted by the Centre for the Study of Human Rights of the  Faculty of Law of the University of Colombo, since October 2021.

Accepted for publication a research paper titled ‘பெண் தலைமைத்துவக் குடும்பங்களின் காணி உரிமைகள் மீதான தேசவழமைச் சட்டத்தின் தாக்கம்at Nivedhini, a research magazine  published by the Women’s Education and Research Centre (Colombo)

Workshops attended overseas

Participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program held in the United States
of America in March 2011 (7-25), organized by the US Department of State.

Participated in the Legislative Fellows program, Organized by the US Department of
state, held from September 25th to October 21, 2011 in the United States of America.

Participated in the South Asian Teaching session on Humanitarian law, held in
IslamaBad, Pakistan in April 2015, organized by the International Committee of Red Cross.

Attended the Harvard Human Rights Programme in October 2018.

Workshops/Symposium/Seminars attended in in the recent past

Resource person for the Women Empowerment programme in Mullaitivu hosted by ILO January- March 2019

Invited as the Chief Guest for the 16days activism programme of Jaffna Social Action Centre, 2018

Served as a resource person for the public outreach programme on constitutional reform organized by the coordinating office on constitutional reform and participated
at the forums for youth, school students, public servants, and the civil society in various parts of the country since December 2016.

Joined as a temporary assistant lecturer in March 2009 and continued to be in service till July 2010. Appointed as lecturer ( probationary) with effect from 26th of July 2010.
Presently serves as the Senior Lecturer  grade 11
Head of the Department of Law  with effect from 5th of March 2023.
Positions  presently held 
1.Faculty Cootdinator of the IQAC Artd from November 2021.
2.Chairperson of the Committee on Disabiliry Access and  Inclusioj of the Faculty of Arts.
3.Member of the Research Committee of the FoA.
4.Member of the building committee of the FoA.
 5.Member of the University Ranking Enhancement Committee of the UoJ
Member of the SER draft team for institutional review of the UoJ 2023
6. Member of IPR manual team of the University of Jaffna
7. Primary drafter of the following documents of UoJ
a.Response Management System at UoJ
b. ToR of the University Ranking Enhancement Committee 
c. ToR of the University Audio, visual Committee 
Positions held in the past 
President of the Univetsity of Jaffna Teachers Association 2019 September- 2021 February
 Vice Secretary of the Federation of the Univetsity Teachers Association 
Chairperson of the Committee to study and report alternative exam mode for a disabled student 
 Member of  panel of inquiry appointed by the University of Jaffna in various instances