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Department of Law

University of Peradeniya

Ms. KMCR Karunatilaka

LLB (Hons) Colombo; LLM with Distinction(Australia); Attorney-at-Law

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About Me

Ms. Chetana Rukshani Karunatilaka is an academic attached to the Department of Law at the University of Peradeniya. She possesses a bachelor’s degree in Law with second class honours (upper division) from the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo and she is also an Attorney-at- Law. She had worked as a legal practitioner in civil litigation for more than two years, where she obtained firsthand experience of court work. She completed her postgraduate studies of LLM in Global Business Law (with Distinction) at the La Trobe University, Australia in 2015, before joining the Department of Law. She was selected as the scholar-representative of Sri Lanka at the 26th Annual Conference of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) 2016 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ms. Karunatilaka is the Undergraduate Dissertations Coordinator of the Department of Law. She is interested in contributing towards the growth of law and justice of the country by conducting proactive legal research. Ms. Karunatilaka’s vision is to enhance the legal knowledge, professional skills and attitudes of future legal professionals


LLM in Global Business Law

La Trobe University, Australia

April 2015

LL.B. (Hons)

University of Colombo, Sri Lanka


Current Positions

Visiting Lecturer - Faculty of Management Studies, University of Peradeniya

2022 - To Present

Subject Matter Expert - Centre for Distance and Continuous Education, University of Peradeniya

2018 - To Present

Undergraduate Dissertations Coordinator - Department of Law

2018 - To Present

External Member- Ethical Review Committee - Faculty of Allied Health Sciences

2022 - To Present

Reviewer- Sri Lanka Journal of Environmental Law & Policy - Center for Environmental Law & Policy

2022 - To Present

Positions Held

Visiting Lecturer & Examiner - Department of Legal Studies, Open University Sri Lanka

2012 - 2018

Visiting Lecturer - Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya

2018 - 2019

Departmental Coordinator of the Undergraduate Research Congress - Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya

2018 - 2020

Voluntary Student Counsel - Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya

2016 - 2018


Member - ADB and IUCN Environmental Law Champions


Member - Bar Association of Sri Lanka


Member - Inter-Pacific Bar Association



Best Paper Award at Amity International Conference on Legal Dimensions of Environment, New Delhi, India - Amity University, India


The Scholar to represent Sri Lanka at the 26th Annual General Meeting & Conference of the IPBA - Inter-Pacific Bar Association


Pearl Korale Memorial Prize for Book-Keeping & Professional Ethics at Attorney-at-Law Final Examination - Counsil of Legal Education Sri Lanka




"A Crime against Nature: Legal Responses to Illicit Wildlife Trading", KDU Law Journal, (2021)


"The Law on Prevention of Mosquito Breeding in Sri Lanka: Adequacy of the Legal Framework for Dengue Epidemic", Junior Bar Law Journal (2019)

"New Anti-Dumping Legislation and the WTO Obligations of Sri Lanka", Junior Bar Law Journal (2018)

"Citizen’s Right to Information in Sri Lanka", Junior Bar Law Journal (2017)


International Research Symposium of the University of New England, Australia

“A Critical Analysis on the Impact and Adequacy of the Law Prohibiting Spearfishing in Sri Lanka”



International Conference on Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Peradeniya

“The Right to Information vs. The Right to Privacy and Confidentiality under Commercial Arbitration in Sri Lanka”

Sri Lanka


iPURSE International Research Sessions

“Evaluation of Right to Information in Preserving Environmental Rights in Sri Lanka”

Sri Lanka


10th International Research Conference of General Sir John Kothalawela Defense University

“Reforms to International Trade Regime for the Protection of Marine Living Resources”

Sri Lanka


15th Open University Research Sessions, Open University of Sri Lanka

“The Need to Identify the Right to a Healthy Environment under Constitutional Reforms”

Sri Lanka


Amity International Conference on Legal Dimensions of Environment

“Use of Right to Information in Battling for Environmental Justice in Sri Lanka”



Postgraduate Institute of Humanities & Social Sciences Research Congress, University of Peradeniya

“Duty of Confidentiality in International Commercial Arbitration: A Lesson for Sri Lanka”

Sri Lanka


Inter-Pacific Bar Association 26th Annual Conference

“Admission of Foreign Lawyers and Law Firms to the Sri Lankan Jurisdiction”




LAW 3003 - Environmental Law

Department of Law

2016 - To Present

LAW 2003 - Law of Contracts

Department of Law

2016 - To Present

LAW 3016 - International Trade Law

Department of Law

2017 - To Present

LAW - Company Law

Department of Law

2015 - To Present

Research Interests

Environmental Law

Commercial Law

Law & Medicine