Executive Diploma in Human Rights - EDHR (Sinhala & Tamil Medium) 2022/2023


Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.   View map

Next intake in December 2021


Human rights has evolved into a distinct academic discipline with theoretical and practical importance, drawing inspiration from several fields of study such as law, public administration, law enforcement, national security, public policy formulation and implementation etc. It has been an established academic subject both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in universities throughout the world. Learning human rights also has become essential to many professional careers and law enforcement officers, including those involved in law, public administration, the military, development work and members of civil society. There are many courses on human rights at undergraduate and graduate levels offered in English, however, the majority of officers in the law enforcement, public administration and development fields are deprived of the opportunities to study human rights at university level due to limited access.

The course is intended to not only give the participants an introduction to international human rights norms and standards, but also as a foundation course for graduate level courses offered by the FGS, University of Colombo and to serve as a stepping stone for developing expertise in specialized areas of human rights and practice. This is an effort to accomplish the mission of the University of Colombo and has been designed to meet the mission of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.

The course aims to provide the candidates in their early and mid-career an opportunity to enhance their basic knowledge on human rights by following a well-structured course of studies in the university environment. The design of the curriculum, teaching and learning methodology will enhance necessary skills of the candidates related to the protection, promotion and implementation of human rights. In addition, the eventual objective of this course of study is positive influence of attitudes and perception of such officers in their duties to protect, promote and implement human rights effectively.

 a) The objectives of this course are:

  1. To provide an essential grounding in the history, concepts, doctrines, principles and institutions of the international human rights regime.
  2. To critically consider current developments in the area of fundamental rights law in Sri Lanka and to effectively promote, protect and implement fundamental rights in Sri Lanka.
  3. To analyse and use case studies to consider the specific development of new paradigms and horizons of human rights such as group rights, women’s rights, child rights etc.

 b) At the end of this course, students will be able:

  1. To demonstrate a precise and basic understanding of the main concepts, principles, doctrines, procedures and systems of international human rights law.
  2. To critically analyse and discuss the domestic trends, developments and challenges for effective implementation of fundamental rights and promotion of human rights.
  3. To carry out independent research and communicate conceptual debates and arguments concerning contemporary issues of new rights and their acceptability.

Semester I

EDHR 1001: An Introduction to Human Rights
EDHR 1002: International Human Rights Law
EDHR 1004: Domestic Legal System and Fundamental Rights

Semester II

EDHR 1003: Regional Standards and System of Human Rights
EDHR 1005: National Redressal Mechanisms
EDHR 1006: Evolving New Types of Human Rights

The EDHR aims to focus more on the basics of human rights concepts and leading the teaching and learning activities towards contemporary challenges of human rights. The modules consist of the following main areas:

  1. Conceptual/philosophical Backgrounds, Origin, Historical Evolution of Human Rights.
  2. Gradual Evolution of Generational Rights: Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural.
  3. An Introduction to International Human Rights Law and International Human Rights Mechanisms: UNO.
  4. Domestic Legal System and Fundamental Rights.
  5. State Responsibilities and Obligations relating to Human Rights: International and Regional Levels.
  6. Violations of Human Rights and/or Fundamental Rights, and Domestic & International Remedial Measures/Mechanisms.
  7. Law Enforcement and Human Rights: Protection and Promotion of Human Rights
  8. Evolving New Types of Rights: individual & group rights: women, children, minority, refugee, IDPs etc.
  9. Contemporary Challenges of Human Rights: Domestic and International Challenges.

By-law of EDHR

  • Duration: One year
  • Weekend Programme
  • SLQF level: 3
  • Number of Credits: 30
  • Medium of Instructions: Selected candidates can follow either in Sinhala or Tamil medium.
  • Degree or a professional qualification from a recognized institution; or
  • Three passes in G.C.E. (A/L) with two years’ experience in the relevant field; or
  • Six passes in G.C.E. (O/L) with five years experience in the relevant field; or
  • Any other relevant qualifications and/or experiences accepted by the BSDS and approved by the Faculty Board of the FGS
  • A person who wishes to apply for the FGS programmes shall forward the application to the Senior Assistant Registrar, Faculty of Graduate Studies, No.35/30, Pro. Stanley Wijesundara Mawatha, Colombo 07.
  • Applications can be downloaded from (fgs.cmb.ac.lk) the faculty website.
  • The students will be selected through an interview or a placement test or both.
  • The next intake will be announced via the website, at the time of calling for applicants.

Application Fee: LKR 2,500/-
Registration Fee: LKR 5,000/-
Course Fee: LKR 75,000/-
Library Fee: LKR 1500/-
Examination Fee: LKR 20,000/-
Refundable Library Deposit: LKR 5,000/-
(Rs. 2,500/= per card)

  • M. A. M. Hakeem
  • Wasantha Senevirathne
  • A. Sarveswaran
  • Nirmali Gunawardena
  • Maneesha Pasqual
  • Sampath Punchihewa
  • M.T.M. Mahees
  • Chaminda Padmakumara
  • C.L. Akurugoda
  • Dianarthy Suthakar
  • Thilini Galappaththige
  • S. Puwanitha
  • Jeyakala Jeyarednam

Course Coordinator

LL.M, University of Malaya, Malaysia
LL.B, University of Colombo

Email:  hakeemmam@gmail.com / mamhakeem@law.cmb.ac.lk
Mobile: 077 768 00 35

Course Assistant

Ms. Hiruni Fernando

Email: fgs.edhr@fgs.cmb.ac.lk
Phone: (+94) 11 205 56 56