Harsha Widanapathirana


Master of Philosophy (Reading) (Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo), LL.B. (University of Peradeniya), LL.M. in International Business specializing on Information Technology and Intellectual Property (Cardiff Metropolitan University), Diploma in English (International College of Business and Technology), Attorney-at-Law, Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting (Cima – UK), Diploma in Arbitration (Reading) (The ICLP Arbitration Centre), Online Certificate Course in Commercial Arbitration (Bar Association of Sri Lanka), Certificate Program in IT Applications (Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology)

Harsha Widanapathirana has obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LL. B.) from the University of Peradeniya in 2016 and has been in the field of lecturing and the legal profession, as an instructing attorney, ever since.  He also possesses an LL.M. in International Business at the Cardiff Metropolitan University and holds an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA, UK). He has been conducting lectures in a number of private and governmental higher education institutions, including the Faculty of Management and the Faculty of Arts of the University of Peradeniya. He is inspired by a number of research areas, including, intellectual property law, commercial law, family law, environmental law, legal theory, and the role of law in shaping the society. He is also committed towards environmental preservation and sustainable development and acts as an active member of several environmental organizations. His main inspiration behind lecturing is the capability to assist and shape students to become individuals who can contribute to the betterment and the development of the society while respecting values such as empathy, sensitivity, justice, equality and equity.


Research and Contributions –

  • The Rule of Autonomy in the Letter of Credit Process; A Comparative Analysis of the Fraud-Exception Rule (KDU Law Journal - http://ir.kdu.ac.lk/handle/345/3807) 
  • Identifying the Gap between Environmental Law and Development in Sri Lanka on Thermal Pollution and Misuse of Resources; An Emphasis on the Significance of Diatoms and Corals for Life on Earth  
  • (CSHR – Human Rights Journal)  
  • Consumer Protection on the Internet; A Brief Insight 
  • (APIIT Law Journal, 2021) 
  • The Scope of the Data Protection Regime in Sri Lanka; The Way Forward. 
  • (SLIIT International Conference on Advancements in Sciences and Humanities [SICASH]  – 2021) 
  • A Dialogue on the Effectiveness of Section 308A and Section 341 of the Penal Code in Discouraging Corporeal Punishments 
  • (SLIIT International Conference on Advancements in Sciences and Humanities [SICASH]  – 2022)
  • An Examination of the Legal Framework of Microfinance in Sri Lanka; A ”Beacon of Hope” or Plague on the Impoverished? 
  • (National Law Conference, 2022) 
  • Protecting Trade Secrets Verses Freedom to Change the Employment: A Comparative Analysis of US, European and Sri Lankan Law 
  • (Junior Bar Law Journal – 2022) – Accepted 
  • Contributor for the Woman, Business, and the Law Report 2021  
  • (World Bank Group - https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/35094/9781464816529.pdf)