Dr. Mahanamahewa holds Doctorate, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Law from the University of Queensland (Australia), University of Melbourne (Australia) and the University of Colombo (Sri Lanka), respectively. He is an attorney-at-law in the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and has membership in the International and the Sri Lanka Bar Association.

He was senior lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo in Sri Lanka.

A former Human Rights Commissioner of Sri Lanka, he represented the World Sri Lankan Association in the recently concluded 39th Session of The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.

Qualifications, Fellowships and Certifications

  • Ph.D 2006

    Ph.D in Law

    T. C Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, Australia.

  • LL.M 2000

    Degree of Master of Laws (Honours) in Commercial Law

    University of Melbourne, Australia

  • LL.B 1993

    Degree of Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

    University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • Attorney-at-Law 1993

    Attorney-at-Law (First Class)

    Supreme Court of Sri Lanka

  • Arbitrator


    Arbitration Center, Sri Lanka


  • Now

    Senior lecturer

    Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

  • 2015 2011

    Founder Dean Law

    Sir John Kothelawala Defence University, Rathmalana, Sri Lanka

  • Chairman

    Information Technology Law Committee, Sri Lanka Bar Association

  • Advisory Board Member – EQUAL GROUNDS-

  • Visiting Lecturer

    Bandaranayake Center for International Studies, Sri Lanaka

  • Visiting Fellow

    Graduate School, University of Tribhuwan, Nepal

  • Visiting Lecturer

    Sri Lanka Police Academy, Katana

  • Visiting Lecturer

    Sri Lanka PoliceCollege, Kalutara

  • Visiting Lecturer

    Training Center Spesial Task Force, Katukurunda, Sri Lanka

  • Visiting Lecturer

    Faculty of Management, Uva Wellassa University, Badulla, Sri Lanka

  • Visiting Lecturer

    University of Colombo, School of Computing, Sri Lanka

  • Visiting Lecturer

    Department of Engineering and Computing, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

  • Visiting Lecturer

    Journalism Unit, university of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka