About Us

About us

Organisational Profile and Past Projects

Public Interest Law Foundation
2nd Floor, 120/10, Wijerama Mawatha,
Colombo 7.
Sri Lanka
Tel: 011-2682465
Email: 86pilf@gmail.com

Founded Date:

21st April 1999

Registered Date:

21st April 1999 (1st Registration)
20th August 2008 (New registration after the Companies Act was amended)

Founder Members
The PILF was founded by Dr. Lalanath de Silva (Attorney at-Law) together with Sonali de Silva (Social Scientist), Mihiri Gunewardene, Sumedha Senanayake, Udayanthi Seneviratne, Janaka Wickramanayake (all Attorneys-at-Law)and Gayathri Attiken (IT Specialist).

Structure:

PILF is governed by a Board of Directors. The Chairperson/Chairman is appointed from the Board of Directors and heads the Foundation. Audited accounts are submitted to the Registrar General of Companies annually and circulated to all members and adopted at the Annual General Meeting.

Primary objectives:

PILF is a non-profit making public interest non-governmental organization committed to working on public interest issues through the law. PILF’s primary objectives include the following inter alia:

  • to preserve, protect and promote the public interest through research, law reform, advocacy, training and awareness;
  • to use the legislative, administrative and judicial branches of the government as instruments to preserve, protect and promote the public interest (including bringing legal proceeding for same);
  • to educate the public on the content, scope and value of the public interest and to keep them informed about the status of such interest;
  • to create awareness and training for the public and government agencies on the application of the law for the protection, conservation and management of natural resources for sustainable development and use of natural resources;
  • to protect and vindicate human rights, including the fundamental rights, franchise and to promote the rule of law; and uphold and defend the constitution and the law.

Since its inception PILF has continued to address urgent issues in the area of environmental and social justice. This has been done through research, policy reform, advocacy, litigation and law enforcement on issues of national importance and concern. During the first five to seven years PILF filed over ten cases on environmental and other public interest issues like the rights of the disabled.Some of the cases filed by PILF have brought about far reaching and positive changes.

PILF has since then also carried out numerous projects up to the present time. Most of these have been pioneering and first time efforts in the country (please refer ‘projects’ for details).

A significant feature of PILF’s work has included working closely with government ministries and departments for policy and law reform in the environmental sector. An outcome of this collaborative work with the government has been the drafting and adoption of the Ministerial Directions on Access to Information in the Urban Sector in relation to environmental concerns and drafting of proposals to amend the National Environmental Act (NEA) for better access to information and public participation.

Together we can make a difference

Since its inception PILF has continued to address urgent issues in the area of environmental and social justice. This has been done through research, policy reform, advocacy, litigation and law enforcement on issues of national importance and concern. During the first five to seven years PILF filed over ten cases on environmental and other public interest issues like the rights of the disabled. Some of the cases filed by PILF have brought about far reaching and positive changes.

PILF has since then also carried out numerous projects up to the present time. Most of these have been pioneering and first time efforts in the country (please refer ‘projects’ for details).

A significant feature of PILF’s work has included working closely with government ministries and departments for policy and law reform in the environmental sector. An outcome of this collaborative work with the government has been the drafting and adoption of the Ministerial Directions on Access to Information in the Urban Sector in relation to environmental concerns and drafting of proposals to amend the National Environmental Act (NEA) for better access to information and public participation.

A significant feature of PILF’s work has included working closely with government ministries and departments for policy and law reform in the environmental sector.