Dr. D.K.L. Konasinghe

Dr. D.K.L. Konasinghe

Senior Lecturer

Email: kokila@law.cmb.ac.lk, kokila_konasinghe@hotmail.com



  • LL.B. Hons. (Colombo)
  • LL.M. (Rotterdam)
  • Ph.D. (Keele)
  • Attorney –at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka
  • Staff and Educational Association of UK (SEDA) accredited lecturer
  • Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (CTHE) course conducted by the Staff Development Centre, University of Colombo in December 2005


Teaching Specialization

  • Environmental law
  • International law
  • Human rights law
  • Administrative law


Research Interests

  • North-South dimension in environmental governance
  • Non-state actor participation in international governance
  • Justice, equity and fairness issues in global environmental governance
  • International forest policies
  • Cultural relativism and universality of human rights


Awards and Grants

  1. Sir Ponnambalam Arunachalam Memorial Prize 1999. (These two prizes are awarded for the best performance by considering the performance at the four examinations viz. Year I, II, III, IV)
  2. The Visuvalingam & Rajakunam Buvanasundaram Gold Medal for Bachelor of Laws 1999. (This Gold Medal is awarded for the best performance at the Year IV Examination in Laws.)
  3. P.D.H. Karunathilaka Memorial Prize for the best performance at the Year III Examination in Laws 1998.
  4. Keele Research Institute Scholarship(United Kingdom) in two consecutive years of 2007-08 and 2008-09
  5. National Centre for Advanced Studies in Humanities & Social Sciences (NCAS) Scholarship for the Ph.D. Proposal in September 2005.
  6. Legal and Judicial Reforms Project (World Bank) Scholarship in 2003 for postgraduate studies.


Involvement with Other Organizations

  1. Serves as a Course Director of the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Rights, conducted by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.
  2. Serves as the Academic Coordinator of the Distant Learning Diploma Course on Human Rights Programme.
  3. Serves as the academic coordinator of Distant Learning Diploma for Prison Officers Programme, conducted by the Centre for the Study of Human Rights affiliated to the University of Colombo.
  4. A member of the University of Colombo Arts Council.
  5. Departmental Examination Coordinator, Department of Public and International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo.
  6. Member of the Environmental Committee, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo.
  7. Member of the Research Committee, Faulty of Law, University of Colombo.
  8. Member of the Building Committee, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo.
  9. Member of the Routing Matters committee, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo.
  10. Member of the Curriculum Review Committee of the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo.


Executive and Other Positions on Boards of International, National Organizations

  1. Member of environment Working Group of British International Studies Association
  2. Member of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka
  3. Member of the Sri Lanka Federation of University Women


Conference Papers

  1. “Bypassing the State for Its Own Good: The Role of NGOs in Voicing Southern Concerns in Global Environmental Governance” at the International Conference on Social studies in 2013 organised by the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
  2. “How Global is Global Environmental Governance?” annual conference of British International Studies Association in Exeter University, United Kingdom in 2008
  3. “Environmental Governance: North-South Dimension” at the annual SOAS postgraduate conference in University of Hull, United Kingdom in January, 2008
  4. “Green Imperialism: North-South Dimension in Global Environmental Governance” at the annual postgraduate conference in Keele University, United Kingdom in September, 2007


Unpublished Theses

  1. Mitigating North-South Participation Inequalities in Global Environmental Governance: Potential NGO Contribution, Ph.D. Thesis, under the supervision of Dr. Zoe Pearson and Prof. Tim Doyle, Keele University, United Kingdom, April, 2011
  2. South-North Environmentalism, Power of legitimacy and the GEF, LL.M. Dissertation under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ellen Hey, Erasmus Law School, Rotterdam, Netherlands, May, 2004


Graduate supervision

Contributes as a research supervisor and a resource person to the

  1. Master of Laws,
  2. Master of Human Rights,
  3. Post Graduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies and
  4. Postgraduate Diploma in Human Rights Programmes

Currently supervises two Ph.D. thesis;

  1. one on An assessment of existing Sri Lankan legal regime on domestic elephant and Impact on elephantconservation in Sri Lanka and
  2. the other on Human Rights Education in Sri Lankan Schools: Critique & Future Directions.


Other Responsibilities

  1. One of the outstanding achievements of her academic life is being the chief organizer in “Law Goes Green-2014”, the first environmental day organised by any Sri Lankan university ever. The project was primarily aimed at improving the environment around the Faculty and to inculcate a sense of responsibility and appreciation towards their environment among the undergraduates. Dr. Konasinghe, as the chief organizer of the project was successful in making a collaborative effort with the Central Environmental Authority, environmental non-governmental organizations, academic, non-academic and the entire student population of the Faculty of Law for making an effort to protect and promote the environment of the university.