Miss. Niroshika Liyana Muhandiram

Senior Lecturer (Gr.II)

LL.B (Hons( Colombo) LL.M (Hons) SAU, Attorney-at-Law

Legal Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Open University of Sri Lanka, 2nd floor, HSS building, Room No : 28, Nawala

Office: 112881432, Ext: 432

E-mail: nsmuh@ou.ac.lk lmniroshika@gmail.com

Ms Niroshika Liyana Muhandiram is a Senior Lecturer (Gr.II) in the Department of Legal Studies of the Open University of Sri Lanka. She holds Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) with second class upper division from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She has completed her LL.M in International Law from South Asian University, New Delhi, India wining the Gold Medal for the outstanding performance. Currently she is on study leave for pursuing Ph.D. Her research interest includes International Investment Law, Commercial Arbitration, Public International Law and Private International Law

Areas of Specialization:

Investor-state Dispute Settlement
Interphase between Investment Law and Environment Law
International Investment Law

Research interests:

International Law, Environmental Law, international Commercial Arbitration and Investment Treaty Arbitration


Member of the Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Associations
Attorney-at-Law, Supreme Court of Sri Lanka 


International and National Conferences

Full paper titled “Environmental Concerns in Model BITs of India and Sri Lanka: Expectation to Realization” presented at South Asian Research Colloquium on Environment and Climate Change Law held on 20th December 2020

Full paper titled “Using an Effective Student Feedback System to Improve the Quality of Teaching Legal Subjects” presented at AAOU 2021 Conference held on 1st and 2nd June 2021

Full Paper titled “Multi-National Corporations and their Human Rights Obligations –A Legal Assessment of Ruggie Principles and other UN Initiatives” presented at the 17th International Conference on Business Management (ICBM 2020) held on 11th December 2020

Full Paper titled “Environmental Regulation and Investment Protection: Is There a Conflict? A Study of Sri Lanka’s BITs” presented at the17th Asian Law Institute (ASLI) International Conference held from 7 to 9 November 2020

Full Paper titled “Right of the Host State to Regulate the Environment and Investment Protection – A Changing Landscape” presented at the13th International Research Conference organized by the General Sir John Kotelawala Defense University, held on 15th and 16th of October 2020

Full Paper titled “Sri Lanka’s Experience with Investor-State Arbitration – Acritical Appraisal” presented at the SACT 2020 International conference organized by the South Asian University, New Delhi, held on 28th and 29th February 2020

Full Paper titled “Environmental Regulation and Investment Promotion in BITs – Balanced or Biased?” presented at the 8th PEPA/SIEL Conference held at King’s College, London, May 2019

Full Paper titled “Right to Clean Environment and Right to Development: Special Reference with Nepal and Sri Lanka” presented at the International Conference On Law and Justice organized by Amity Law School, Noida held on 2nd and 3rd of February, 2018

Full Paper titled “The Right of Member of Parliament to Cross over to another party: A Constitutional Perspective” – presented at the international Research Conference (IconAarts2015)-Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo

Full Paper titled “The Role of Judiciary in Fundamental Rights based Sustainable Development- A Step forward for Sri Lanka” presented at the International Post Graduate Research Conference (IPRC 2015)-Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya

Full Paper titled “An Overview of the British Influence on Law of Insurance in Sri Lanka” at International Conference on Post-colonial Societies in Transition (ICPST2015)– January 2015 –University of Ruhuna

Extended Abstract on “Right to Life in Buddhism- Comparative Analysis in the context of Sri Lankan Law” -presented at the 10th Annual Conference on Buddhist Studies 2014- University of SRI Jayewardenepura

An extended abstract on “Multinational Approaches for the Enhancement of Buddhism in Sri Lanka” Presented at the National Conference on Buddhist Studies 2014- Biksu University of Sri Lanka


Op-Eds in Leading National and International blogs

  • Global ‘public health emergency, Daily News, 11 February 2020
  • The Gold Medal winner for the Outstanding Performance of the Faculty of Legal Studies, South Asian University, New Delhi, India (2016-2018)
  • Presidential Scholarship Holder of the Faculty of Legal Studies of 2017, South Asian University, New Delhi, India
  • The Second Price Winner of the UPES SURANA & SURANA 2nd ENVIRONS International Essay Competition for the paper titled “Climate Change-The Best Way Forward- Regulatory or Social Approach? Passing the Baton form State to Society (2016)



Refereed Journal Articles

  • Niroshika Liyana Muhandiram, The Formulation and Determination of Expropriation Clauses in BITs of Sri Lanka: Gaps and Prospects, Asia Pacific Law Review,2022 (Vol 31 | Issue 1) https://doi.org/10.1080/10192557.2022.2117488
  • Niroshika Liyana Muhandiram, COVID 19, Sri Lanka and Indirect Expropriation: A Legal Analysis of Defences on Public Health Measures in Sri Lanka, Junior Bar Law Journal, (Vol XI ) 2020
  • Niroshika Liyana Muhandiram, Investor-State Arbitration in ICSID and Sri Lanka: A Critical Appraisal, KDU Law Journal (Vol.2 | Issue II), 2022
  • Charith Amidha Hettiarachchi, Mahendra Arnold and Jon Wardle, Niroshika Liyana Muhandiram, Claims on Sri Lankan Food Labels: A Comparative Legal Analysis with Selected Jurisdictions, OUSL Journal (Vol. 15 | Issue 2), 2020,83-95
  • Case Commentary on Australia v Portugal, Asian Journal of Academic Studies (Vol I | Issue 5) 2017
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