Dean's Message


Since joining the Faculty of Law, I am awed by our students’ commitment to learning and the dedication of our faculty members who continue to mould these legal minds.

The Faculty celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2019.  Since opening its doors in 2009, the Faculty has produced a number of graduates who are gainfully employed as attorneys-at-law in public and private practice, other officers of the Court and entrepreneurs.  As Dean of the Faculty of Law, I will continue the work of my predecessors to ensure that the Faculty remains vibrant and reaches its full potential in equipping students to meaningfully contribute to and operate in a global environment.

The Faculty has worked over the years to improve the academic experience of our students through academic advisement and enhanced teaching methodologies which include the integration of theoretical and practical teaching approaches. Our students have been exposed to the realm of advocacy on regional and international platforms having competed in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Inter-American Human Rights (IAHR) and Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competitions.  We also emphasize a strong sense of community involvement by encouraging our students to participate in our Legal Advice Centre, as well as, the various community outreach programmes offered by the University.

Our Faculty features leading legal minds from diverse disciplines that all share a profound commitment to the law and to training the next generation of lawyers to the highest standards.  Members of faculty are actively involved in research activities which will elevate the educational experiences of our graduates, as well as, increase our impact on the society as a whole.

We continue to adapt and respond to an ever-changing legal landscape to ensure that our law students gain  balanced, innovative, diverse and experiential legal training. This reflects the overall brand and legacy of the University of Technology, Jamaica in producing “work-ready” and well-rounded graduates. After extensive review of our curriculum and academic processes by the University Council of Jamaica, our Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) programme received programmatic accreditation which is testament to the academic excellence promoted in our Faculty. 

In keeping with our mission statement, the Faculty of Law is committed to preparing graduates who exhibit principles of fairness, justice, respect and exemplary professionalism in the field of law while providing superior service to our internal and external stakeholders in an environment conducive to educational advancement. We are pleased to note that this year, our Faculty has made available the Eric Lawson Frater Scholarship to assist our students in completing their legal education.

I am proud to serve as the Dean of this outstanding Law Faculty.

Thank you for your interest in the University of Technology, Jamaica.

Prathiba Mahanamahewa, LL.B(Hons)(Colombo),LL.M(Hons)(Melbourne), Ph.D(Queensland)

Attorney-at-Law, IBA (Scholar) (USA)

Associate Professor of Law

Dean – Faculty of Law