General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) establishes the Moragoda Endowment Professorship in Public International Law
Posted on May 15th, 2013

MEDIA RELEASE General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) and the Moragoda International Law Trust

A MOU was signed on 15th May 2013 between the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) and the Moragoda International Law Trust to establish the Moragoda Endowment Professorship in International Law at the KDU. This is a project under which the Moragoda International Law Trust, established to advance, promote and provide further education in the field of International Law, will arrange annual academic programmes on selected topics of Public International Law, to be conducted by internationally renowned experts. Each programme will cover from 7-10 days and is intended primarily for postgraduate law students, who have already completed their first degree.

The first series of such lectures will be part of an intensive course on the International Law of the Sea. This was a topic that was discussed during the planning of the Professorship, as being of particular relevance to Sri Lanka as an island nation bordering the Bay of Bengal.

Representing the KDU on this occasion was Vice Chancellor Major General Milinda Peiris, and the Moragoda International Law Trust was represented by Settlor of the Trust, Dr. Moragodage Christopher Walter Pinto, along with members of the Advisory Committee of the Trust Mr. Milinda Moragoda, Mrs. Jennifer Moragoda, and Ms. Menaka Balendra and the Directors of Jacey Trust Services, Mr. J.M. Swaminathan (Julius & Creasy, Senior Partner) and Ms. Anandhiy Gunawardhana.

This professorship is funded through an endowment by Dr. Moragodage Christopher Walter Pinto, a leading international lawyer and retired diplomat. He presently serves as the President of the tribunal arbitrating a maritime dispute between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea. Prior to that, he chaired the international tribunal, which considered a maritime dispute between Singapore and Malaysia. From 1982-2011, he served as the Secretary-General of the Iran-US Claims Tribunal set up to settle certain disputes between the two countries. Earlier he served as the first Legal Advisor to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence & External Affairs (1967-76) and was Sri Lankan Ambassador to Germany and Austria (1976-80). Dr. Moragodage Christopher Walter Pinto was Chairman of the Sri Lankan delegation to the third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea Convention and Chairman of the Conference’s Negotiating Group on the Seabed beyond national jurisdiction. He also chaired the prestigious United Nations International Law Commission. He is a graduate of Peradeniya University and the University of Cambridge, and in 2008 received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Colombo.

 Pix01- A MOU was signed on 15th May 2013 between the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Vice Chancellor Major General Milinda Peiris and  Director of Jacey Trust Services, Mr. J.M. Swaminathan (Julius & Creasy, Senior Partner)

pix 02 Representing the KDU on this occasion was Vice Chancellor Major General Milinda Peiris, and Dr. Prathibha Mahanamahewa the Moragoda International Law Trust was represented by Settlor of the Trust, Dr. Moragodage Christopher Walter Pinto, along with members of the Advisory Committee of the Trust Mr. Milinda Moragoda, Mrs. Jennifer Moragoda and Ms. Menaka Balendra and the Directors of Jacey Trust Services, Mr. J.M. Swaminathan (Julius & Creasy, Senior Partner) and Ms. Anandhiy Gunawardhana.

One Response to “General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) establishes the Moragoda Endowment Professorship in Public International Law”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Something doesn’t sound right in this project.

    Is it a plan to CREEP international law war crimes jokers into the Defence University?
    Jennifer Moragoda is a US citizen with close ties to the US military top. We know China has a dipute in South China Sea. Are these people trying to favour USA in it dragging SL into it?

    So far this was the ONLY SL university that had FEW shady characters, TEs inside. Looks like the norwegians have infiltrated this too!

    This doesn’t sound right to me.

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