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BIOGRAPHY

Professor Wasantha Seneviratne is the Head of the Department of Public and International Law, Professor in the Department of Public and International Law in the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She has been teaching, researching and publishing in International Law, International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law  for about 25 years. Currently, she teaches Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in many law teaching institutions in Sri Lanka. She has authored and published book chapters, a number of research articles in local and international journals and presented several research papers at a number of international and local research conferences. Theories of Public International Law, humanitarian interventions and use of force, concept of responsibility to protect and its application in current situations, continued relevance of  humanitarian law in post conflict situations, transitional justice and human rights application in armed conflicts are some of the areas of her research. Currently, she serves as the editor in chief of Sri Lanka Journal of International Law published by University of Colombo.  She has done her postgraduate research studies in law in International Law with special reference to ‘Conflict related displacement and the role of international organizations’. Wasantha Seneviratne is the  Director of the Centre or the Study of Human Rights (CSHR), a research institute affiliated to University of Colombo. She is the coordinator of Masters in Human Rights  programmes (MHR)  in the Faculty of Graduate Studies in University of Colombo. She engages in dissemination of knowledge in the community and  in particular to members of the armed forces and the Police. She is a member of the National Steering Committee of Police Reforms.

Qualifications

  • PhD 2012

    Doctor of Philosophy Candidate in Law

    Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • M Phil 2003

    Master of Philosophy in Law

    University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • CTHE 1998

    Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education

    Staff Development Center, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • Attorney-at-Law 1994

    Attorneys’ Final Examination

    Sri Lanka Law College, Sri Lanka

  • LL.B 1993

    Bachelor of Laws (Hons)

    University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Contribution to National Development

  • 20202020

    Member

    National Police Reform Committee - Appointed by the Minister of Law and Order to bring reforms to the Sri Lanka Police

  • Present2016

    Member

    National Committee of Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) Appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Present2016

    Member

    Expert Panel Appointed by the Non State Higher Education to review SLINTEC Academy, ACBT, EDULINK

  • 20162016

    Member

    Final Evaluation committee of the Government School Text Book on Civic Education for Grade 10 published by the Ministry of Education, Government School Text Book , Published by the Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka

  • 20162016

    Member

    Editorial Board on Government School Text Book on Civic Education Grade 8 published by the Ministry of Education, Government School Text Book , Published by the Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka

  • 20172016

    Member

    Editorial Board on Government School Text Book on Civic Education Grade 11 published by the Ministry of Education, Government School Text Book , Published by the Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka

  • 20172017

    Member

    Editorial Board on Government School Text Book on Civic Education Grade 9 preparing to be published by the Ministry of Education, Government School Text Book , Published by the Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka

  • 20202020

    Member

    Expert Panel which prepared and reviewed the Teachers’ Guides for Civil Education published by the National Institute of Education for Grade 6, 7 and 11, Appointed by the National Institute of Education, Sri Lanka

  • 20172017

    Editor & one of the Authors

    The Supplementary Reading Book on Human Rights and International Relations for Grade 11 Students – Joint Project by the Centre for the Studies of Human Rights and the Access to Justice Project of the UNDP for National Institute of Education, Sri Lanka

  • 20072007

    Member

    The Expert Panel on the Curriculum Development of the Course on Human Rights for the Undergraduates of the Department of Architect, Moratuwa University

Extra Curricular Activities

  • 20142014

    Member of the Expert Panel

    Served as a Member of the Expert Panel appointed to engage an Institutional Review of the Faculty of Law, Kotalawala Defence University, Sri Lanka

  • Present2011

    Member

    Curriculum Review Committee of the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

  • Present2012

    Editor – in –Chief

    Sri Lanka Journal of International Law, Refereed Journal published by the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

  • 20112009

    Executive Editor

    Sri Lanka Journal of International Law, Refereed Journal published by the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

  • 20152015

    Member of the Editorial Board

    International and Comparative Law Journal published by the Faculty of Law, Kotalawala Defence University, Sri Lanka

  • Present2004

    Resource Person for CSHR

    Programmes of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights designed for Sri Lanka Army, Navy and Air Force on International Humanitarian Law Programme for School Teachers of Training Colleges and University community on Human Rights

  • 20112011

    Panelist on Human Rights Law

    Law Conference organized by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, Colombo

  • 20112011

    Member of the Editorial Board

    Colombo Law Review, Refereed Journal published by the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

  • 20132011

    Permanent Student Counselor

    Faculty of Law, University of colombo

  • 20122010

    Secretary

    Law Teachers' Association of the Faculty of Law

  • 20082008

    Convener

    Legal Aid cum Legal Literacy Programmes conducted by the Faculty of Law in collaboration with the Access to Justice Programme of the UNDP

  • 20112006

    Coordinator

    Henry Dunant National Moot Court Competition in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross

  • 20112007

    Executive Member

    Faculty Centre of the University of Colombo

  • 20082006

    Senior Treasurer

    Student Union Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

  • 20112011

    Senior Treasurer

    Law Society, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

  • 20132011

    Senior Treasurer

    Roteract Club, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

  • 20051995

    Student Counselor

    University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • 20132012

    Permanent Student Counselor

    Faculty of Law, university of Colombo

  • 20042003

    Member

    Student Supportive Committee, Faculty of Law, university of Colombo

  • 20001998

    Member

    Sports Board, University of Colombo

  • 20012000

    Member

    Specialist Committee for Glossary Revision – University of Colombo

Professional Career

  • Present2017

    Professor

    Professor in Public and International Law

  • 20182015

    Head

    Department of Public and International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

  • Present2015

    Member

    Senate Member of the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • Present2018

    Director

    Centre for the Study of Human Rights, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • 20182015

    Deputy Director (Actg)

    Centre for the Study of Human Rights, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • Present2011

    Senior Lecturer Grade I

    Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • 20112005

    Senior Lecturer Grade II

    Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • 20041995

    Lecturer (Probationary)

    Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • 19951994

    Temporary Assistant Lecturer

    Department of Legal Studies, Open University of Sri Lanka

Positions

  • Present2014

    Member

    Member of the Steering Committee, Asia Pacific Master of Human Rights and Democratization (MHRD) programme

  • 20022002

    Study Fellow

    Casten Centre for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Faculty of Law, Monash University , Australia

  • Present2009

    Course Coordinator

    Postgraduate Diploma in Human Rights Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo

  • Present2009

    Course Coordinator

    Masters in Human Rights, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • Present2017

    Course Coordinator

    Diploma in Human Rights based policing, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • Present2007

    Lecturer, Moderator and Marking examiner

    Executive Diploma in Human Rights, Postgraduate Diploma in Human Rights and Masters in Human Rights, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • Present2007

    Course Director, Lecturer, Paper Setter and Marking examiner

    International Humanitarian Law, Master of Law Programme of the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

  • Present2005

    Member

    Faculty Board of the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

  • Present2005

    Member

    Higher Degrees Committee of the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

  • Present2009

    Member

    Board of Studies of the Development Studies, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo

  • Present2010

    Member

    Routine Matters Committee for Undergraduate students, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

  • Present2010

    Member

    Routine Matters Committee for Postgraduate students, Faculty of Law, university of Colombo

  • 20142014

    Judge

    Sir Henry Dunanat Moot Court Competition, Regional Rounds held in Teheran, Iran

  • 20092008

    Visiting Lecturer, Paper Setter and marking examiner

    Master of International Relations, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo

  • Present2011

    Visiting Lecturer

    Kothalawala Defence University, Master of Law Programme, Sri Lanka

  • Present2015

    Visiting Lecturer

    Legal Studies Division, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Master of Law in Criminal Justice Programme, Sri Lanka

  • 20152011

    Visiting Lecturer

    CFPS Law School, External LLB Degree Programme in University of London,

  • 20152006

    Visiting Lecturer

    Diploma in International Relations, Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, Sri Lanka

  • 20112011

    Visiting Lecturer

    Bandaranaike Diplomatic International Training Centre, Sri Lanka

  • Present2011

    Visiting Lecturer

    Staff Defence College, Kiribathgoda, Sri Lanka

  • Present1998

    Resource Person

    Centre for the Study of Human Rights, University of Colombo

  • Present2011

    Resource Person, and Examiner

    Asia Pacific Master of Human Rights, conducted by Sydney University in collaboration with the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

  • 20112010

    Internship Coordinator

    Asia Pacific Master of Human Rights, conducted by Sydney University in collaboration with the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo