US to extend support to SL Bar Association

16 January 2014 04:09 pm - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The United States said that it was supporting the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, through which it expects to help further the efficacy of the legal system and the administration of justice here.

Issuing a statement, the US embassy in Colombo, said that through its development arm, the U.S. Agency for International Development, (USAID) will sponsor a Bar Association programme entitled “Civil Society Initiatives to Support the Rule of Law.”  

This three-year programme would enable the U.S. to foster further linkages between the Sri Lankan Bar and U.S. State Bar Association. This programme would also support continued professional legal and judicial level education, strengthen legal aid services, and bolster the research and advocacy role of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, the statement said. “I am so pleased to support important stakeholders in the Sri Lankan legal system, such as the Bar Association of Sri Lanka,” said Ambassador Michele Sison at the signing ceremony. “We are proud to continue our longstanding partnership with civil society in ways that strengthen democratic institutions, support the rule of law, and promote an independent judicial system. In this regard we can help further the efficacy of the legal system and the administration of justice here.”  

This grant would also assist with a law library renovation, the refurbishment of the Bar Association auditorium, and the organization of a Labour Law Conference in February 2014, it added.

  Comments - 10

  • sss Friday, 17 January 2014 02:40 AM

    Madam, Please ask the Bar not to make a killing out of land litigators who are mostly poor folks from villagers

    Concerned citizen Friday, 17 January 2014 04:21 AM

    Congratulations Mr. Upul Jayasuriya!

    Martin Milton Friday, 17 January 2014 10:21 AM

    Utterly dangerous precedent, NOT to be encouraged at any cost.
    The saying "Fools rush in......" comes to mind.

    Goofy Thursday, 16 January 2014 04:45 PM

    Oh, what will be funky Young Lawyers have to say?

    mervyn Perera Friday, 17 January 2014 05:47 AM

    Both the complainant a d the accused end up as paupers whilst the lawyers on both sides end up as rich mudalalies acquiring the moneys of their clients. It is like someone calling the toss and calling heads I win tails u lose.I hope at least Upul can do something to stop this rot and ruining our legal system.

    Mason Friday, 17 January 2014 06:01 AM

    What has the government to say about this. The judiciary is full of "YES" men. Will the US aid infuse back-bone to our guys to stand straight and say "NO" where necessary.
    It is very, very doubtful.

    Ranjith Silvar Friday, 17 January 2014 06:40 AM

    The move is not in good faith. Better extra careful as they aro looking for partners to the "HR Projects" in Sri Lanka. May be a trap, dear.

    BUSHEL Friday, 17 January 2014 01:31 AM

    They will teach how to carry out law the way US want.

    wkpIndrajith Rodrigo Friday, 17 January 2014 01:58 AM

    Hmm good initiative!,

    flatwhite Friday, 17 January 2014 02:24 AM

    Is it a Cocktail bar or a open bar

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