H.E. Dr. Amrith Rohan Perera
D R. A M R I T H RO H A N P E R E R A
CONSULTANT ON INTERNATIONAL LEGAL AFFAIRS
MEMBER OF THE UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL LAW COMMISSION (2007 – 2011)
LEGAL ADVISOR TO THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF SRI LANKA (1976 – 2007)
SYNOPSIS OF CAREER
Dr. Amrith Rohan Perera is a Graduate of Law of the University of Ceylon (1971). After being admitted as anAdvocate of the Supreme Court (1973), he practised in the field of Civil Law.
He then joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an Assistant Legal Advisor (1976). Thereafter, he was appointed an Additional Legal Advisor and finally Legal Advisor. In 2007, upon reaching the age of retirement prescribed for public officials, Dr. Perera relinquished his post at the Ministry. During a career spanning a period of over thirty years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Perera has been closely associated in bi-lateral, regional and multi lateral spheres,particularly in the field of treaty negotiations. After retirement, Dr. Perera continued to serve the Ministry of ForeignAffairs in an advisory capacity on matters pertaining to international legal affairs.
Until 2011, Dr. Perera served a member of the International Law Commission (ILC), having been elected to theCommission by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2007. At its 63rd Session, Dr. Perera was elected theGeneral Rapporteur by the Commission. He also Chairs the United Nations Ad-hoc Committee on Measures toEliminate International Terrorism, established by UNGA Resolution 51/210, which is currently negotiating the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. At the recent Golden Jubilee Session of the Asian African Legal Consultative Organisation (AALCO) Dr. Perera was unanimously elected the Chairperson of the EminentPersons Group (EPG) constituted to advise the Secretary-General on the future work programme of AALCO.
Dr. Perera has also, since 2009, served as a Consultant to the Commonwealth Secretariat and in this capacity examined,inter alia, the interconnection between Mutual Legal Assistance under the Commonwealth Schemes and Counter-Terrorism and Anti-Money Laundering Measures.
In May, 2010 Dr. Perera was appointed as a Commissioner of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission(LLRC). The Commission was vested with powers to make recommendations, inter alia, on promoting national Unity and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, in the post-conflict phase. The Report of the Commission has been broadly welcomed,domestically and internationally.