Dr. Sanath Sameera Wijesinghe

Lecturer


Legal Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Contact:

Central Campus, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka

Office: 112881432, Ext: 432

Email: waswi@ou.ac.lk


Employment History

  • Lecturer in Law, Open University of Sri Lanka (from November 2013)

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), School of Law, Faculty of Business and Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia  (2021)
  • LL.M (Merit), Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2017)
  • Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education, Open University of Sri Lanka (2017)
  • LL.B Second Class Honours (Upper Division), Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2012)

Professional Qualifications

  • Attorney-at-Law, Supreme Court of Sri Lanka  (from December 2013)
  • Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) (from December 2020) 
Areas of Specialization:

Health Law and Governance, Intellectual Property Law, Tobacco Control and Plain Packaging, International Economic Law

Research interests:

Health Law and Governance, Intellectual Property Law, Tobacco Control and Plain Packaging, International Economic Law

Affiliations:
  • Sessional Academic in Intellectual Property Law, Entertainment Law, Journalism Law at School of Law, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia (June 2019 to June 2021)
  • Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of Law, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka. (2015-2016) (International Investment Law)
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of Management and Organization Studies, Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2016-2017) (Business law)
  • Visiting Lecturer, Department of Human Resource Management, Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2015-2018) (Industrial Relations and Labour Law)
  • Resource Person, Centre for Study of Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka (2014-2015)

 

Contributions:
  • Visiting Lecturer, National Police Academy of Sri Lanka (Law of Evidence 2014-2018)
  • Visiting Lecturer, Prison College of Sri Lanka (Introduction to Sri Lankan Law & Law of Evidence 2016-2018)

 

Awards:
  • QUT Faculty of Business and Law Scholarship (2020) – Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia
  • National Centre for Advanced Studies in Humanities & Social Sciences – PhD Scholarship (2018)  – Ministry of Higher Education & Highways, Sri Lanka
  • HDR Tuition Fee Sponsorship 2018  – Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia
  • The Dean of the Faculty of Law Award for Jurisprudence, Gold Medal” for the best performance in “Jurisprudence” at the Bachelor of Laws, Year IV Examination, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, held in 2012. 
  • First Class (Hons) Attorney-at-Law Final Examination, Sri Lanka Law College (October 2012)
Researches:

Refereed Journal Articles 

  • Making Intellectual Property a Common Good to Combat Global Pandemics and the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP): Responding the Challenges Exerted by Big Pharma and Some High-Income Countries (with A.A.C.J. Adikari), Vidyodaya Journal of Management, 2021 (Vol 7), Issue 2, 2021 pp 69-99, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
  • A Comparative Doctrinal Analysis of Food Advertisement Laws in Sri Lanka with Selected Jurisdictions (with Charith Amidha Hettiarachchi & Belinda Reevee) Journal of the College of Community Physicians in Sri Lanka, Vol. 27. Issue 2, 2021, pp 339-349, https://doi.org/10.4038/jccpsl.v27i2.8393
  • Food-Medicine Interface and its Application in International Level, Comparative Jurisdictions and Sri Lankan Legal Context (with Charith Amidha Hettiarachchi) World Nutrition, Vol. 12. Issue 1, 2021, pp 103-111, https://doi.org/10.26596/wn.2021121103-11
  • Is the Jurisdiction of International Criminal Court an Extension of National Criminal Jurisdiction? Some Dilemmas, Junior Bar Law Journal, Vol. X, 2018, Bar Association of Sri Lanka, pp 205-210.
  • Protecting Copyrights and Related Rights in the Digital Dilemma: Some Challenges (Ms B.A.R.R. Ariyarathna), Journal of Business Management and Economic Research (JOBMER), Vol. 02. Issue 2, 2018, pp 44-55, doi: 10.29226/TR1001.2018.20
  • Patenting Software-Related Inventions in Sri Lanka: Comparative Analysis with Reference to United States of America, United Kingdom and European Union, South East Asia Journal of Contemporary Business, Economics and Law, Volume 12 (April 2017) Issue (02), pp 67-75, http://seajbel.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/BUS-326.pdf
  • The Protection of Geographical Indications in Developing Countries: The Case of Ceylon Tea, BALANCE – International Multidisciplinary Law Journal / Symbiosis Law School Hyderabad, India, Volume 1 (December 2015) pp 07-25, http://clmindia.org/assets/files/BALANCE-%20Volume%201(1)%202015Mahendra%20Graphics.pdf#page=7
  • The Applicability of the Principles of Traditional Contract Law in the Sphere of Online Contracts: A Sri Lankan Perspective, Junior Bar Law Journal, Bar Association of Sri Lanka, Vol.VII (December 2016) pp 233-239
  • The War against Bio-Piracy and Protection of New Plant Varieties in Sri Lanka, ‘Meezan’ Annual Law Journal, Sri Lanka Law College, (50th edition) June 2016, page 148-162
  • Dichotomy of International and Non-International Armed Conflicts in International Humanitarian Law: Contemporary Application, Manurawa Human Rights Law Journal, Sri Lanka Law College, Vol. 01, 2016, pp 131-138

 

Refereed Full Papers/Extended Abstracts/Abstracts and Panel Presentations 

  • ‘Public Health and Trademark Debate: A Proposal to Develop a Policy Coherence in Sri Lankan IP Law in the Context of Proposed Tobacco Plain Packaging Measures’ in 17th WIPO-WTO Colloquium for Teachers of Intellectual Property organised by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) Geneva, Switzerland. (November 4, 2021) 
  • ‘Making Intellectual Property a Common Good to Combat Global Pandemics: The COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP) and the Role of Big Pharma’ (with A.A.C.J. Adikari) in 17th International Conference on Business Management (ICBM) 2020, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. (December 12, 2020)
  • ‘The Interplay Between Public Interest and Individual Rights During the COVID-19 Outbreak in Sri Lanka: A Comparative Legal Analysis with Selected Jurisdictions’ (with B.A.R.R. Ariyaratna & A.A.C.J. Adikari) in The Open University Research Sessions 2020, Open University, Sri Lanka. (November 11, 2020)
  • ‘You should Establish Guard, Ward and Protection According to Dhamma: The Constitutional Mandate of the Executive Presidency and the Buddhist Teachings of Kingship’ (with A.A.C.J. Adikari) in The Open University Research Sessions 2019, Open University, Sri Lanka. (October 30, 2019)
  • ‘The Evidentiary Value of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in Defending Plain Packaging Measures in the WTO Disputes’ in Intellectual Property and Trade Conference 2019, school of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. (April 10, 2019)
  • ‘Legitimization of Tobacco Plain Packaging based on its Public Health Objectives under WTO Laws: An Analysis of the Australia – Tobacco Plain Packaging Decisionin Intellectual Property (IP) Academics Conference Australia – 2019, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia. (February 12 & 13, 2019)
  • ‘Stopping Silent Salesman: An Appraisal of the Implementation of Graphic Health Warning Regulations of Tobacco Products in Sri Lanka’ in the Open University International Research Sessions (iOURS 2018), The Open University of Sri Lanka. (November 29, 2018)
  • ‘The Impact of Healthy Lifestyle Regulations on Intellectual Property Rights: A case of Tobacco Control in South Asia’ in 70th Anniversary International Legal Research Conference, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. (November 16, 2018)
  • ‘Tobacco A Threat to Development: Tobacco Control, Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development’ in Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development Symposium, Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Programme, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. (September 06, 2018)
  • ‘Comparative Analysis of Collective Management Organizations of Copyrights and Related Rights; With Special Reference to Sri Lanka’ in Opening Minds: Research for Sustainable Development, The Open University Research Sessions, Open University, Sri Lanka. (November 12, 2017)
  • ‘Intersection of Trademark Rights, Right to Health and Principle of Proportionality: A Sri Lankan Perspective’ in Asian Society of International Law Regional Conference-2016, ‘International Law and a Dynamic Asia’, Hanoi, Vietnam. (June 12-16, 2016)
  • ‘The Protection of Geographical Indications in Developing Countries: The Case of Ceylon Tea’, in First International Multidisciplinary Law Conference- 2015, ‘Interdisciplinary Integration for Legal Enrichment’, Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad, India. (October 9 & 10, 2015)
  • ‘Applicability of International Humanitarian Law in a Context of Non-International Armed Conflicts: An Overview’, (with B.A.R.R. Ariyaratna) Annual Academic Sessions, the Open University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka. (November 14, 2016)
  • Application of the Concept of Trusteeship for the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources: Reception of Ancient Wisdom in the sphere of Environmental Law’, in Second International Conference on Interdisciplinary Legal Studies 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Organized by International Center for Research & Development/Canada (February 25 to 27, 2015)
  • Protection of Cultural and Natural Heritage of Sri Lanka: A Legal Perspective’, in Second International Research Symposium, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka. (October 25, 2015)
  • ‘Balancing Trademark Rights against Right to Health: An Analysis with Reference to the Resent Case of Ceylon Tobacco PLC v. Minister of Health(with B.A.R.R. Ariyaratna) in Annual Academic Sessions, the Open University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka. (November 18, 2014)
  • ‘The Buddhist Teachings on the Concept of Trusteeship on Natural Resources: Reception in International Environmental Law and its Influence on Domestic Law’, in Second National Conference, Bhiksu University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka. (February 15, 2014)
Ongoing Research:
  • Tobacco Control, Health Law and Trade Law
  • Sustainable Development and Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property and Access to Medicine in the COVID-19 Pandemic 
Publications:
  • An Effective Legal Regime for Protecting Geographical Indications: The Sri Lankan Experience The Open Quarterly iii/2017, pp13-14
  • Sri Lankan Symbol of International Law – An Appreciation of Late Judge C.G. Weeramantry – The Open Quarterly ii/2017, pp21-22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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