Dinesha Samararatne

Dinesha Samararatne is a law academic with a focus on public law. She studies public law issues in Sri Lanka including administrative law, public participation in constitution-making, constitutional resilience, women, constitutional law, fourth branch institutions and Sri Lanka’s fundamental rights jurisprudence. Beyond the Sri Lankan jurisdiction, Dinesha has an interest in public law in South Asia and in the study of the concept of the global south. Dinesha is passionate about teaching public law subjects at the undergraduate level. At the Colombo University, she serves as the Director of the Career Guidance Unit at the Faculty of Law. She serves in a voluntary capacity as a member of the Editorial Board of the Indian Law Review, is a Senior Research Associate of the Laureate Program in Comparative Constitutional Law and Co-Convenor of Constitution Transformation Network (CTN) of the Melbourne Law School, Australia. Dinesha is a Research Associate of the China, Law and Development project at Oxford University and an advisor for the Junior Faculty Forum for South Asian Law Teachers. For her education and training, publications, academic and professional contributions, please see further details in this web page.

Qualifications, Fellowships and Certifications

  • PhD 2015

    Doctor of Philosophy

    University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • LL.M 2009

    Master of Law

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, USA

  • LLB (Hons) 2005

    Degree of Bachelor of Law

    Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • Attorney-at-Law 2006

    Admitted and enrolled as an Attorney-at-Law

    Supreme Court of Sri Lanka

  • Certificate 2017

    Certificate of Accreditation of Senior Teachers in Higher Education

    SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association, UK) accreditation, Staff Development Centre of the University of Colombo

  • CTHE 2008

    Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education

    with SEDA (Staff and Educational Development Association, UK) accreditation, Staff Development Centre of the University of Colombo

  • PresentOctober 2021

    Director, Career Guidance Unit, Faculty of Law

  • 20222022

    Articles Editor

    Indian Law Review

  • 2021 2019

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Laureate Program in Comparative Constitutional Law, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, Australia.

  • Now

    Senior Lecturer

    Faculty of law, University of Colombo

  • 20182016

    Member

    Steering Committee, Centre for Gender Equality, University of Colombo

  • 20182015

    Member

    Management Committee of the Centre for Excellence in Disability Research Education and Practice, University of Colombo

  • 20182016

    Senior Advisor

    Legal Aid Unit, Faculty of Law

  • 20182016

    Legal Advisor

    Newsletter of the University of Colombo