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Department of Law

University of Peradeniya

Dr. Kalana Senaratne

Senior Lecturer

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About Me

Dr. Kalana Senaratne holds LL.B. and LL.M. degrees from the University of London, and a Ph.D. in international law from the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of 'Internal Self-Determination in International Law: History, Theory, and Practice', published by Cambridge University Press in 2021. Senaratne is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Law, University of Peradeniya. He received his primary and secondary education at S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia.



University of Hong Kong



University College London



University of London




Internal Self-Determination in International Law: History, Theory, and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2021)


‘The Road to the 20th Amendment’ in Hiran Jayewardene and Sharya Scharenguivel (eds), Perspectives on Constitutional Reform in Sri Lanka (International and Comparative Law Society: Colombo, 2021), p.531-538

‘Buddhist Teachings, Ethnic Tensions & the Search for Solutions’ in Bhavani Fonseka (ed), Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka: Moving Beyond Promises (Colombo: Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2017), p. 100-119

‘The Politics of Negotiating Competing Interests in Promulgating the Nineteenth and Twentieth Amendments’ in Asanga Welikala (ed), The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution: Content and Context (Colombo: Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2016), p. 54-68

‘Religious Freedom’ in Law & Society Trust (ed), Sri Lanka: State of Human Rights 2015 (Colombo: Law & Society Trust, 2015), p. 67-86

‘Jathika Chinthanaya [National Thought] and the Executive Presidency’ in Asanga Welikala (ed), Sri Lankan Presidentialism 35 Years On: Provenance, Problems, Prospects (Colombo: Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2015), p. 604-641

‘Religious Freedom’ in Law & Society Trust (ed), Sri Lanka: State of Human Rights 2014 (Colombo: Law & Society Trust, 2014), p. 167-192

‘The National Human Rights Action Plan’ in Law & Society Trust (ed), Sri Lanka: State of Human Rights 2013 (Colombo: Law & Society Trust, 2014), p. 139-156


‘The Executive and the Constitutional Reforms Process in Sri Lanka’ (2019)108 The Round Table – The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs 625-638

‘Judge C.G. Weeramantry: An Alternative Reading’ (2017) 56 Indian Journal of International Law 325-348

‘Internal Self-Determination in International Law: A Critical Third-World Perspective’ (2013) 3 Asian Journal of International Law 305

‘Beyond the Internal/External Dichotomy of the Principle of Self-Determination’ (2013) 43(2) Hong Kong Law Journal 463

‘Book Review: Samuel Moyn, The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History’ (2013) 7 Hong Kong Journal of Legal Studies 229


Public International Law (esp. the law of self-determination)


LAW 2008 - Constitutional Law II

Department of Law

LAW 2009 - Public International Law

Department of Law

LAW 3010 - Law of the Sea

Department of Law

LAW 415 - Private International Law

Department of Law

Research Interests

Public International Law

Constitutional Law

Critical Legal Studies

Law and Spiritualism