The Law and Society Trust (LST) is a legal research and advocacy organisation founded in 1982 in Colombo, Sri Lanka by the late Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam. Our goals are the promotion of legal reforms for access to justice, justiciability of rights, and public accountability
The Law & Society Trust (LST) is a not for profit organization engaged in human rights documentation, legal research and advocacy based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Our aim is to use rights based strategies in research, documentation and advocacy in order to promote and protect human rights, enhance public accountability and respect for the rule of law. Some of our main activities include legal education and skills training, publications, rights awareness raising, dissemination of information, networking & coalition building at a national and international level.
The LST Library consists of over 8,500 volumes of books, including a rare collection of early Sri Lankan legal literature as well as contemporary archival material, such as New Law Reports, the Sri Lanka Law Reports, Legislative Enactments, Parliamentary Debates and Government Gazette Extraordinary as well as Indian Law Reports, academic journals, periodicals and reports.
Since 1993 LST has published the Sri Lanka: State of Human Rights, which is an annual survey of human rights issues, drawing contributors from across the human rights community.
Our monthly publication, the LST Review, which has appeared without interruption since 1990, is a journal of legal education pertaining to topical legal matters and human rights issues.