Mr. Sanath Sameera Wijesinghe

Lecturer Probationary

Legal Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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(on study leave)

Central Campus, Room 8, Second Floor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka

Office: 112881432, Ext: 432 Mobile: +94770300654


Employment History

  • November 2013 – Present: Lecturer (Probationary) in Law / Open University of Sri Lanka


  • January 2016 – June 2017  : LL.M (Merit) / Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • April 2016 – June 2017       : Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education / Open University of Sri Lanka 
  • August 2008 – June 2012   : LL.B Second Class Honours (Upper Division) / Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Professional Qualifications

  • From December 2013        : Attorney-at-Law / Supreme Court of Sri Lanka 
Area of Specification:

Health Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Trade Law, International Investment Law

Research Intrests:

Health Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Trade Law, International Investment Law, Constitutional Law


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)



Visiting Lecturer, National Police Academy of Sri Lanka (Law of Evidence)

Visiting Lecturer, Prison College of Sri Lanka (Introduction to Sri Lankan Law & Law of Evidence)



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)



“Tobacco Epidemic and Development: The South Asian Experience”, (Opinion) Annals of Social Sciences & Management Studies, 2019, Vol 4(3): 555636, pp 1-2  – DOI: 10.19080/ASM.2019.04.555636

“Is the Jurisdiction of International Criminal Court an Extension of National Criminal jurisdiction? Some Dilemmas”, Junior Bar Law Journal, 2018, Vol.X, Bar Association of Sri Lanka, pp 205-210. 

“Protecting Copyrights and Related Rights in the Digital Dilemma: Some Challenges”, Journal of Business Management and Economic Research (JOBMER), Vol. 02. Issue 2, 2018, pp 44-55. ISSN 2602 3385 – Doi10.29226/TR1001.2018.20 (with Ms B.A.R.R. Ariyarathna)

“Patenting Software-Related Inventions in Sri Lanka: Comparative Analysis with Reference to United States of America, United Kingdom and Europen Union”, South East Asia Journal of Contemporary Business, Economics and Law, Vol.12, issue II (April 2017), 67-75. ISSN 2289-1560

“The Applicability of the Principles of Traditional Contract Law in the Sphere of Online Contracts: A Sri Lankan Perspective”, Junior Bar Law Journal, 2016, Vol.VII, Bar Association of Sri Lanka, pp233-239. ISSN 1800-0908

“The War against Bio-Piracy and Protection of New Plant Varieties in Sri Lanka”, ‘Meezan’ Annual Law Journal (50th edition) 2016, Sri Lanka Law College, pp 148-162.  

“Dichotomy of International and Non-international Armed Conflicts in International Humanitarian Law: Contemporary Application, ‘Manurawa’ Human Rights Law Journal,2016, Sri Lanka Law College, pp 131-138.  

“The Protection of Geographical Indications in Developing Countries: The Case of Ceylon Tea”, (full paper), BALANCE – Multidisciplinary Law Journal Vol. 1 Issue 1 Dec. 2015 ISSN 2455-6467, pp 6-28 ( 



“Balancing Intellectual Property Rights and Public Interest: An Overview”, (with B.A.R.R. AriyaratnaSecond International Multidisciplinary Law Conference- 2016, ‘Interdisciplinary Integration for Legal Enrichment’,  Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad, India,  Conference proceedings, pp.317-330


‘You should Establish Guard, Ward and Protection According to Dhamma: The Constitutional Mandate of the  Executive Presidency and the  Buddhist Teachings of Kingship’ (Abstract), (with Ms Chaminya Jayashani Adikari) Open University Research Sessions 2019, (OURS 2019 proceedings), Sri Lanka, October 30, 2019. 

The Evidentiary Value of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in Defending Tobacco Plain Packaging Measures in the WTO Disputes’ (Abstract), The Future of Trade Research Forum, Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Research Programme, 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 Decision’ (Abstract), ‘Intellectual Property Academics Conference 2019, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, February 11,12,13, 2019.  

‘Stopping Silent Salesman: An Appraisal of the Implementation of Graphic Health Warning on Tobacco Products in Sri Lanka’ (Abstract), ‘Re-imagining the Future through Research and Innovation’, Open University International Research Sessions 2018, Sri Lanka, November 30, 2018. (iOURS 2018 proceedings), p.74.  

‘The Impact of Healthy Lifestyle Regulations on Intellectual Property Rights: A Case of Tobacco Control in South Asia’ (Abstract), 70th Anniversary International Legal Research Conference 2018, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, November 16, 2018. 

“Tobacco a Threat to Development: Tobacco Control, Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development’, (Abstract), Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development Symposium, Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Programme, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, September 06, 2018. 

“Comparative Analysis of Collective Management Organizations of Copyrights and Related Rights; With Special Reference to Sri Lanka”, (Extended Abstract), Opening Minds: Research for Sustainable Development, The Open University Research Sessions 2017 (OURS 2017 proceedings), pp.317-322. 

“Intersection of Trademark Rights, Right to Health and Principle of Proportionality: A Sri Lankan Perspective”(Abstract) Asian Society of International Law Regional Conference-2016, ‘International Law and a Dynamic Asia’, 14-15 June 2016, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Applicability of International Humanitarian Law in a Context of Non-International Armed Conflicts: An Overview”(Extended Abstract) OUSL Annual Academic Session Proceedings, 2016, The Open University of Sri Lanka, pp. 29-33

“The Protection of Geographical Indications in Developing Countries: The Case of Ceylon Tea”, (Extended Abstract) Annual Academic Sessions Proceedings –  2015, the Open University of Sri Lanka. 

“Application of the Concept of Trusteeship for the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources: Reception of Ancient Wisdom in the Sphere of Environmental Law”, (Abstract),  Second International Conference on Interdisciplinary Legal Studies 2015, 25-27 February 2015, Colombo Sri Lanka.

“Balancing Trademark Rights against Right to Health: An Analysis with Reference to the Resent Case of Ceylon Tobacco PLC v. Minister of Health.” (Extended Abstract), Annual Academic Sessions’ Proceedings – 2014, The Open University of Sri Lanka.

“Protection of Cultural and Natural Heritage of Sri Lanka: A Legal Perspective”, (Extended Abstract), Second International Research Symposium 2014, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Extended Abstract Book, pp112-114.

“The Buddhist Teachings on the Concept of Trusteeship on Natural Resources: Reception of International Environmental Law and its Influence on Domestic Law”, (Extended Abstract in Sinhala), Second National Conference 2014, Bhiksu University of Sri Lanka, Conference Proceedings.




Ongoing Research:

Protection of Non-Alcoholic Geographical Indications in Sri Lanka

Tobacco Control, Health Law and Trade Law

Sustainable Development and Intellectual Property

Research Supervisions:



An Effective Legal Regime for Protecting Geographical Indications: The Sri Lankan Experience – ƒ??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

Independence of the Judiciary – Lesson written for LWU1201 (Constitutional Law I) Course Material – 2016.

19th Amendment to the Constitution  Audio-visual Course Material for  LWU1201 (Constitutional Law I) 2016. 

Coursebook for the Advance Training Programme 2015‘, Centre for Study of Human Rights (CSHR), Faculty of Law, University of Colombo.

  • An Introduction to Sri Lankan Law (Chapter 01)
  • Law and Morality (Customs, Religious Norms and Traditions) (Chapter 02)
  • Rights of Women and Children as a part of Human Rights (Chapter 01)
  • Changing the Discourse on Sexuality and Gender (Chapter 02)








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