The underlying rationale of the work of the Programme is to ensure that civil and political rights, formally established in national and international law, are respected in fact and able to be enjoyed by average citizens in Sri Lanka. The research has a specific relationship to ‘law in practice’ and legal advocacy in order to enable an infusion of practical legal knowledge into the research with the objective of building bridges between academic research and practical initiatives/developments in the legal system. The Programme attempts to engage particularly in practical advocacy with people at the grass roots level on whom the violation of rights impacts the most.

The focal point of the work strives to ensure the implementation of the rule of law, improve domestic institutions of justice and foster respect for the constitutional process of governance.