Padmini Samarasinghe, assumes duties as first Lady Principal of Law College

Padmini Indira Senaratne Samarasinghe, President's Counsel - assumed duties as the Principal, Sri Lanka Law College (SLLC) on the November 9, 2015. Incidentally, she is the first Lady Principal in the history of Sri Lanka's Law College. Joining the Legal Draftsman's Department as an Assistant Legal Draftsman, she retired as the Legal Draftsman of Sri Lanka (Head of the Department) in December, 2012.

She was educated at Visakha Vidyalaya where she excelled in studies and sports. She holds the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the Law Faculty, Colombo University and Master of Laws (LLM) degree from the Monash University, Australia. Post-Graduate Diploma in International Law and Organization for Development from the Institute of Social Studies, the Hague, the Netherlands and a Diploma in Commercial Arbitration awarded by the Institute for the Development of Commercial Law and Practice.

She was the President of the Women Lawyers’ Association of Sri Lanka and member of the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL). Committee member of the Netherlands Alumni Association of Sri Lanka, Medico-Legal Association of Sri Lanka, and Law Society of Sri Lanka.

She has published articles in the Law College Magazines, Bar Association News Letter and the "Neethiya" Magazine. She co-authored a book on Reports of Sri Lankan Cases on Income Tax, Customs Duty, Excise Duty, Stamp Duty and other Taxes.