Certificate in Human Rights and Fundamental Rights

This course is an introduction to Human Rights (HR) and Fundamental Rights (FR) (Certif. in HR and FR). It focuses on the very basics of the relevant areas, particularly emphasizing the most important aspects, namely history and background of HR and FR, domestic law, fundamental rights, international treaties, norms, and principles related to HR and FR and mechanisms of implementing these regimes.

The course is intended to not only give the participants an introduction to human rights and fundamental rights norms, policies and standards, but also as a foundation course for Diploma level courses offered by the CSHR, University of Colombo and to serve as a steppingstone 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 Centre for the study of Human Rights, University of Colombo.

  1. Provide the candidates in their early and mid-career an opportunity to enhance their basic knowledge on Human Rights and Fundamental Rights by following a well-structured course of studies.
  2. Provide an essential grounding of Human Rights and Fundamental Rights regime.
  3. Critically consider current developments in the area of Human Rights and Fundamental Rights in Sri Lanka and to effectively promote, protect and implement.
  4. Analyze and use case studies to consider the specific development of new paradigms and horizons of Human Rights and Fundamental Rights.
  5. Influence of attitudes and perception of such officers in their duties to protect, promote and implement Human Rights and Fundamental Rights effectively.

The primary target group of this course is the employees of public and private sector, human rights activists and other interested candidates, who keen to know the basics of Human Rights and Fundamental Rights such as University and school students (who have completed junior secondary level – Grade 09).

MODULE 01 – Introduction to Human Rights

MODULE 02 – Conceptual Underpinnings of Human Rights

MODULE 03 – International Human Rights Law

MODULE 04 – Domestic Protection of Human Rights

MODULE 05 – Fundamental Rights Cases

MODULE 06 – International Obligation of Sri Lanka

MODULE 07 – Contemporary Human Rights Issue

Selected candidates can follow the Human Rights and Fundamental Rights in Sinhala and Tamil

Resource persons are invited from specialized fields, Public Services.

Special seminars will be conducted by senior personnel and other relevant sectors according to curriculum.

Teaching & Learning method: Participant centered teaching and learning methods will be adopted. Students are expected to actively participate in classroom discussions and other forms of facilitative instructions conducted by the Centre. 80% of attendance is mandatory for getting eligibility to complete the course successfully.

Evaluation: Presentation or Individual Assignment

  • Completion of junior secondary level, which is Grade 9 or an equivalent.


  • Completion of primary education and certified work experience equivalent to a minimum period of two years in a particular field may also be considered as an equivalent qualification for admission to SLQF level 1 provided that the applicant is at least 16 years of age.


  • A good working knowledge of the language in which the course will be offered.

Application Fee :              Rs.250/=

Course Fee                       Rs.20,000/=

Applications can be obtained from this page.

Completed Applications and copies of certificates should be submitted along with the paying voucher of the non-refundable application fee of Rs.250/- to be paid to any branch of the People’s Bank, in favour of ‘University of Colombo – Main Collection Account’ with the relevant account number as indicated in the application form.

Duly Completed Applications along with relevant copies of certificates and documents should be submitted by registered post to:

The Director,
Centre for the Study of Human Rights,
Faculty of Law, University of Colombo,
No.94, Cumaratunga Munidasa Mawatha, Colombo 03.