DR Dinesha Samararatne

DR Dinesha Samararatne


  • Academic, Law



  • Dr. Dinesha Samararatne is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the ARC Laureate Program in Comparative Constitutional Law. 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).   


Member of

  • Sri Lanka Bar Association. Life membership 2006 -


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Colombo 2015
  • LLM, Harvard University 2009
  • Attorney-at-Law, Sri Lanka Law College 2006
  • LL B (Hons), University of Colombo 2005

Awards and honors

  • US-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission, 2008