Darshana Sumanadasa


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Dr. Darshana Sumanadasa specialises in the field of Equity and Intellectual Property Law, with a primary focus on the safeguarding of trade secrets, confidential information, and their implications for the broader public interest. He earned his Doctorate from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2019. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws from the University of Colombo. He was a Gold Medalist at the Bachelor of Law Examinations and Attorney-at-Law Final Examination. 

Currently affiliated with the School of Law, Dr. Sumanadasa's academic pursuits encompass several areas, including Equity and Trusts, Contract Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Jurisprudence. He is an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Prior to his tenure at the CDU, Dr. Sumanadasa held the position of lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is also an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.

Dr. Sumanadasa's research interests extend to supervising postgraduate students, particularly those investigating the intricate interplay among Contracts, Equity, and Intellectual Property.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, "The impact of trade secrets law on employees and society: In search of a balanced theoretical and legal approach with special reference to Australia and Sri Lanka", Queensland University of Technology

Award Date: 23 Jul 2019

Associate Fellow , Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom

Award Date: 1 Sept 2017

Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (recognised by SEDA, UK)

Award Date: 31 Jan 2013

Master, LL.M. "Protection Traditional Knowledge through the IP System: Issue and Legal Implications with Special Reference to Sri Lanka", University of Colombo

Award Date: 1 Oct 2010

Bachelor, LL.B (Hons) First in Order of Merit, University of Colombo

Award Date: 1 Sept 2007

External positions

HDR Supervisor and Examiner, University of Colombo


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