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Department of Law

University of Peradeniya

Ms. KN Liyanapathirana


PhD Candidate (QUT Australia)

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PhD in Law (Reading)


LLM in International Human Rights

University of York, UK



Colombo University, Sri Lanka


Current Positions

Seasonal Academic - School of Law- Queensland University of Technology

2018 - To Present

Research Assistant - School of Law- Queensland University of Technology

2018 - To Present

Resource person - Center for the Studies of Human Rights, University of Peradeniya

2018 - To Present

Visiting Lecturer - Faculty of Natural Science -Open University of Sri Lanka- Kandy Regional Center –Polgolla

2009 - To Present

Positions Held

Visiting Lecturer - BCAS –Kandy Campus


Lecturer - Legal Department-Open University of Sri Lanka- Kandy Regional Center - Polgolla

2009 – 2013

Visiting Lecturer - Hi-Tec –Institute of Advance Technology



QUT-NCAS Scholarship - Queensland, Australia, 2018

Commonwealth scholarship 2015 - Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, United Kingdom



‘Sri Lanka labour rights regime in the context of the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at work’ (2014) Vol 1 Irawariya (Welfare Society Provincial Revenue Department, Sri Lanka) 22


‘Trends in Collective Bargaining coverage and union membership level in Sri Lanka’-KDU International Research Conference – 2014-General Sir John Kothalawala Defence University-August 2014, pp 46-51.

‘The Role of Unions in protecting working conditions of Gig Workers’, AIRAANZ Conference to be held in Queenstown, New Zealand, 11-14 February 2020.

‘Gig Economy and Work Health and Safety’, Law, Technology and Labour Governance Symposium, Curtin Law School, in partnership with the Future of Work Institute and the University of Bologna, 12-13 March 2020

‘Federation of University Teachers’ Association (FUTA)- 6% of GDP for Education- Is it just an Ordinary Trade Union Action’, International Conference on the Humanities and Social sciences –University of Peradeniya- July 2017

‘Transformation for empowerment: Moving beyond traditional role of Trade Unions’- Fifth International Research Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS-2016) Conference Theme - Transformation for Empowerment: Moving beyond Buzzwords- University of Sri Jayawardanapura, Sri Lanka- November 2016

‘Role of the Trade Unions and the pragmatic ways to fight injustice and inequality; A lesson from the UNITE union, United Kingdom’, International Conference on Social Work - Social Development and Sustainable Development Goals- September 2016

‘Protecting the protectors- Broadening the definition of Human Rights Defenders’- International research Sessions, University of Peradeniya –November 2016

‘Community Unionism and changing role of trade unions in new human rights era’- Open University Research Sessions, The Open University of Sri Lanka – November 2016

‘Emerging Trends in Trade Unionism and the Protection of Labour Rights: Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining’ – International Conference on Social Sciences -2014, Hotel Galadari, Colombo, March 2014

‘Alternative Dispute Resolution in the field of Family law in Sri Lanka’- International research Sessions, University of Peradeniya –July 2014

‘Labour rights in “Singalovada Sutta” and the ILO co-conventions’ – The Buddhist Jurisprudence Conference, 2014- Lakshman Kadiragamar Institute for International relations and Strategic Studies –May 2014

'Violating the International labour rights regime of the WTO: Implications for international investment in developing economics’ – International conference on Public International Law-2014- Amity Campus, Noida, Delhi, India – October 2014