She obtained the degree of BA from the University of Ceylon in 1955 and MA in Education from the University of McGill in 1966. Her MA thesis was “Formal and Informal Education for Inter-Communal Harmony and Understanding”. She also obtained a Diploma in TEFL from the University of Sydney in 1972.
Mrs. Jezima Ismail has 32 years services in the teaching career. She was a Principal of Muslim Ladies College, Colombo 4.
She is currently Chairperson of PAFFREL, President Emeritus and Founder of Sri Lanka Muslim Women’s Conference (SLMWC), Founder and Chairperson of Academy of Adult Education for Women (AAEW), Member of the Board of Management, Center for Human Rights, University of Colombo and Co-ordinator of Muslim Women’s Research and Action Forum, Vice President Girl Guides Association, Board of Directors, Helpage in Sri Lanka.
She contributes her services at National and International level. She was a Member of the Presidential Commission to Inquire into Serious Violations of Human Rights, Former Chancellor, South Eastern University, Governor, Marga Institute( Sri Lanka Center for Development Studies), Founder and Former President of SAARC Federation of University Women (1997 – 98), Acting Chairperson of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, Member of the Monitoring Committee on National Election in Pakistan(1992) and Bangladesh (1996), Member of the Commonwealth Observer Mission, Presidential Election in Nigeria(1999), Former Member of the Board of Management, Open University of Sri Lanka and Founder of Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of English, Member of the Board of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, Faculty of Law, Colombo.
She has many publications and Articles to her credit. She has also contributed to Books on Education, Women, Media and Religion.
Mrs. Jezima Ismail was nominated as one of 500 influential Muslims in the World.
Her special interests are formal, informal and non-formal education, women and children, religion and media.
She received the Deshabandu – Presidential Award for National Service in 1989, Lion’s Award – Educationist of the Year in 1991 and 1993, Zonta Women of Achievement Award [Education] in 1992, Presidential Award for Education by Womens’ Ministry in 1999 and National Award of the Sarvodaya Trust Fund in 2009.
He obtained the Degree of LL.B (Hons) Second Class from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1993 and the qualification of Attorney-at-Law in 1994 with first class Honours in the final examination conducted by the Sri Lanka Law College. He was awarded the Gold Medal for address to the jury contest in 1993 organized by the Faculty of Law and leader of the faculty debating team. While he was an undergraduate he represented at several Human Rights conferences as some of the major events were Conference organized by the University of Trondheim Norway and the University of Illeminawa, Germany. He was a Human Rights reporter for ASIECEC in Denmark 1996 also he was selected as a research Assistance for the Project of Children Rights conducted by Prof. Neville Turner, University of Monash, Australia.. He successfully completed his apprentiship at the Attorney General’s Department In 1994, He was selected to the first batch of Human Rights Interns at the Center for the Study of Human Rights at University of Colombo in 1994 and was placed to complete his internship period at Sarvodaya Legal Aid Center. Later he was promoted to the position of National Legal Aid Co-ordinator. He completed his Post Graduate studies at the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France. He also obtained LL.M (Hons), University of Melbourne, Australia in 2000 and Ph.D in Law, from T.C Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, Australia in 2005. He was a research fellow, Center for Comparative Law, T.C Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland in 2002/2005. He was awarded the one of the best young lawyers’ award in 2003 by the International Bar Association.
Dr. Prathiba started his academic career as a visiting lecturer at the Sri Lanka Law College and later he was selected to the permanent staff of the law faculty and promoted to the Grade of Senior lecturer. At present he is the Dean of Law, Kotelawala Defence University. Further he is a visiting lecturer in Human Rights law at the Sri Lanka Police Academy, Katana, Sri Lanka Navy Academy, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka Police Training College, Kalutara, Special Task Force Training Center, Katukurunda and University of Tribuwan, Nepal(MA Programme). Further He teaches law for the M.Sc Degree programme at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Moratuwa, School of Computing, University of Colombo, and Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration.
Dr. Prathiba is a thesis Supervisor for the Faculty of Computing, University of Stockholm, Sweden, University of Wales United Kingdom, University of Tribuwan, Graduate School, Nepal and Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo. He is also a project report supervisor, Institute of Human resource Advancement, University of Colombo and Ph.D thesis Examiner, Varanas Hindu University. He was the Senior Treasurer for the Human Rights Student Society, University of Colombo.
He is a member of Academic Syndicate, Sri Lanka Police Academy, Member, Advisory Board, Diploma in International trade, Institute of Human resource Advancement, University of Colombo, Member Faculty Board, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Member Sri Lanka Bar Council, former Chairperson, Information Technology Law Committee of the Sri Lanka Bar Association and Consultative Board, Department of Computer science and Engineering, University of Moratuwa, International Bar Association (UK)and Astralasia Law Teachers Association.
He is very much experienced in research and training. He conducted a research for UNICEF IDENTIFICATION OF AREAS THAT NEED NEW LAWS, POLICIES AND REGULATIONS AND IDENTIFY THE REASONS OF NON ENFORCEMENT OF LAWS IN RELATION TO CONTROL OF CHILD SEX TOURISM (CST) and he has conducted several workshops, seminars and study sessions for Tri Forces and Public and NGO sector in Sri Lanka. He was carried out awareness programmes on Human Rights and its implications. Very recently he conducted an awareness workshop for 400 Army personnel in Mannar District. He recently completed Two research projects for Call Centre employees monitoring a research conduct for Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka and E-Laws Outcome project for ICTA. He was a Legal Consultant to Digital Certificate project for Lanka Clear.
His community Involvement is very much appreciated. He is a prominent civil society activist in the Island and raises voice on behalf of the community who are vulnerable. He was the General Secretary, FIAN International NGO promoting Economic Social and Cultural rights and UN recognized institution based in Germany, He was an Organizing Committee Member, First National Law Week Programme, Bar Association of Sri Lanka in 2006 and Chairperson, Leadership training-programme conducted by World Vision 2006.
He has received several research grants such as National Science Foundation Grant, 2008, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, Research Grant 2007/2008, World Bank Research Grant on Ph.D programme 2002-2005, University of Queensland travel grant for the World Data Protection Commissioners Conference, Poland 2004,University of Melbourne, Research Grant on Postgraduate Conference 2002 and Australian Research Council grant for the Future Researchers 2004
Dr. Prathiba received awards for his significant contribution in his field as well as to the community such as the International Institute of Human Rights scholarship France in 2000,International Bar Association Young Lawyers Award in 2003, San Francisco, California USA Electronic Privacy Information Centre (USA), Privacy in new era (2004) travel grant.