Marini De Livera appointed new Chairperson of NCPA

President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed Marini De Livera as the new Chairperson of the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA).

She replaces Natasha Balendran who reportedly resigned for personal reasons.

Marini de Livera is an LLB Graduate, an Attorney-at-Law and holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Rights and a Masters in Law in Public Law and Human Rights. She is also a Licentiate Teacher in Speech and Drama of the Trinity College London and obtained a Gold Medal for Public Speaking from the London Academy of Dramatic Art, UK.

Marini de Livera has functioned as an Academic, and taught Constitutional Law, European Law, International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law and Public International Law in UK, Sri Lanka and the Republic of Seychelles. She has presented papers at international and regional forums on Human Rights and Public Law related subjects.

De Livera has been a Human Rights Trainer for the Sri Lanka Army and the Police. She was also invited to function as a Resource Person in Ministries and Public Institutions.

De Livera was also invited to speak at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, USA. More recently she was invited to speak on ‘Constitutional Reform in Sri Lanka’ at the Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne, Australia.

She served as a Member of the Child Soldiers’ Rehabilitation Committee, Prisons Reforms Committee, the Committee set up to draft amendments to the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, and at present functions as a member of the National Committee on Women.  (Colombo Gazette)