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Dinusha Panditaratne was appointed in August 2015 as Executive Director of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies.

Dr. Panditaratne received her initial degree in law with first class honours from the University of Oxford, where she was a Markby Scholar at Balliol College. She received her master’s and doctorate from Yale Law School. Her scholarship and teaching focuses on international law, human rights, gender, and public law.

Dr. Panditaratne serves on the executive committee of the Centre for Rights and Justice in Hong Kong and on the International Advisory Board of the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh. She also enjoys writing about things other than law, and is the co-author of the book Pathways to the Peak: Remarkable Stories from Pioneering Sri Lankan Women.

Prior to her appointment at LKI, Dr. Panditaratne was an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Panditaratne previously worked at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, an international law firm on Wall Street, New York. She is an attorney admitted to practice in the State of New York.