Dr. Dinesha Samararatne is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the ARC Laureate Program in Comparative Constitutional Law, a Co-Convenor of Constitution Transformation Network (CTN) of the Melbourne Law School and co-editor of the Blog of the International Association for Constitutional Law (IACL). Her recent research work has been in relation to public participation in constitution-making, judicial enforcement of economic and social rights, judicial interpretation of fundamental rights, the influence of Indian public law in the development of public law in Sri Lanka and access to justice.
During her Postdoctoral Fellowship Dinesha will focus on constitution-making in post-war contexts. For the period of the Fellowship, Dinesha is on sabbatical leave from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka where she has been serving as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Public & International Law at the Faculty of Law. At the University of Colombo, Dinesha has been teaching Administrative Law, Constitutional Law and Human Rights Law. Dinesha is a LLB graduate from the University of Colombo and an Attorney-at-Law. She read for her Master’s degree as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Law School, MA, USA and she completed her doctoral studies at the University of Colombo. Dinesha has previously been affiliated with the Centre on Comparative Constitutional Law as a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow (April – May 2018).
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Proposals for a New Bill of Rights in Sri Lanka: Narrow Debates, Unmarked Challenges
The Use of Confessionary Evidence under the Counter-Terrorism Laws of Sri Lanka: An Interd..
Transitioning with Disability: Justice for Women with Disabilities in Post-War Sri Lanka
Judicial borrowing and creeping influences: Indian jurisprudence in Sri Lankan public law
Displaying the 9 most recent scholarly works by Dinesha Samararatne.
From South Africa to Sri Lanka: Prospects of Travel for ‘Transformative Constitutionalism’
Journal article | 2020 | Asian Journal of Comparative Law
What lessons can we learn from the way in which the South African experience of transformative constitutionalism was invoked in Sr..
The law’s gender: entanglements and recursions - three stories from Sri Lanka
Neloufer De Mel, WVA Dinesha Samararatne
Journal article | 2017 | On_Culture: The Open Journal for the Study of Culture
Our essay examines the recursions, rationalities, limits, and promise of the law drawing on three recent cases of women who encoun..
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
'Woman of Inspiration' award
Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellowship in Constitutional Law
Arc Laureate Postdoctoral Fellowship
Sri Lanka Bar Association
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Colombo
Master of Laws
Sri Lanka Law College
Bachelor of Laws
University of Colombo