Visakesa Chandrasekaram has worked as a community law practitioner in Sri Lanka and Australia. He has held the role of Deputy Director at the National Association of Community Legal Centres. He has also held various roles in the NSW public service, including in the Attorney-General’s Department and Police Force. Working as an independent arts practitioner, Visakesa has written and presented several creative works, including the play Forbidden Area, the novel The King and the Assassin, and the feature films Frangipani and Paangshu. He was awarded a doctorate from the Australian National University for his research on the use of confessionary evidence under the counter-terrorism laws in Sri Lanka.

Qualifications, Fellowships and Certifications

  • Doctoral 2012

    Doctor of Philosophy

    Australian National University

  • Postgraduate 2006

    Master of Laws

    Australian National University

  • Postgraduate 2005

    Masters of English Literature

    Macquarie University

  • Postgraduate 2000

    Master of Mass Communication

    University of Sri J’Pura

  • Graduate 1996

    Bachelor of Laws

    University of Colombo


  • Present2018

    Senior Lecturer

    Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

  • 20182016

    Consultant, Multicultural Community Liaison

    Department of NSW Health, Australia

  • 20162015

    Equity Consultant

    NSW Police Force, Australia

  • 20152014

    Deputy Director, Sector Sustainability

    National Association of Community Legal Centres