The freedom of thinking and courage to express the opinions are the skills of 21st century. It is even crucial for legal professionals to think logically and express their ideas in a sensible manner to justify their arguments. These skills have to be developed and attained throughout the course of studies to excel in legal profession.
Having well aware of this, the Department of Law, BCAS Campus, Kalmunai organizes annual Inter-house debate competition among Law students to provide practical application of classroom learning and to develop debating skills among law students.
As for this year, the event was organized by the Law Students’ Forum in a grant scale at East Lagoon Hotel, Batticaloa on 09th of February, 2019 under the title of “The 19th amendment to the Republic Constitution of Sri Lanka Limits the Powers of the Executive President – Yes or No?” where the Team Alpha argued against the topic justifying that the 19th Amendment does not limit the powers of the Executive President. On the other hand, the Team Beta argued in favour of the topic supporting that the 19th amendment does limit the power of executive president.
The outstanding part of the debate was the adjudicators. The panel of adjudicators were Hon. Justice Thilip Nawas, The Judge of the Court of Appeal, Sri Lanka, Hon. Judge A.N.M. Abdullah, The Judge of the High Court of Northern Province Holden at Mannar and Dr. A.L.A. Gaffoor, Attorney-at-law, former judge and the Lecturer in Law, Chairman, Co-operative Employee’s Commission of Sri Lanka.
Despite the heated argument by Team Alpha and Beta, it was held by the Honourable Judges that team Alpha won the debate based on their submission. Respected Panel of Judges addressed the gathering and expressed their satisfaction concerning the skills showcased by the students.
While the event was coordinated by Mrs. Mifaza, attorney-at-law and the coordinator of Department of Law, BCAS Campus, Kalmunai, the event concluded with the delicious lunch and batch farewell party with photographs.