Following is a ‘career brief’ of Priyantha Jayawardena PC-circulated to the media
Mr. Priyantha Jayawardena, President’s Counsel, the newly appointed Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, is due to take his oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa shortly.
Having completed his primary and secondary education, Mr. Jayawardena joined Sri Lanka Law College. After he passed out from the Law Collage he apprenticed with late Mr. Eardley Perera P.C. and Mr. Ranjit Abeysuriya P.C. During this period he also worked as a Research Assistant to the Late. Justice Mark Fernando and the Late Justice P. Ramanathan, two very illustrious judges of the then Supreme Court and was enrolled as an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court in the year 1988.
During his career as a Private Legal Practitioner, Mr. Jayawardena has worked in the chambers of a number of legal luminaries of our time including Mr. S.L.Gunasekera, Mr. Ranjith Abeysuriya P.C., and Mr. D.S. Wijesinghe P.C., whilst establishing a strong practice in his own right in the areas of Labour Law, Commercial Law and Public and Constitutional Law.
In recognition of his skill, competence and integrity, he was appointed as a President’s Counsel by the President, and called to the inner Bar in the year 2012
Mr. Jayawardena obtained a Masters Degree in Commercial Law from the University of Aberdeen in U.K. He also passed the Qualified Lawyers’ Transfer Test conducted by the College of London in the year 1993 and later enrolled as a Solicitor in England and Wales.
Upon returning to Sri Lanka pursuant to obtaining higher qualifications, he re-joined the Attorney-General’s Department and in the year 1994 he was appointed as a State Counsel. Whilst Mr. Jayawardena was serving the Attorney Generals Department he followed a Course in Commercial Law at the National University of Singapore in the year 1999.
During his tenure at the Attorney General’s Department, Mr. Jayawardena also worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during the period the Late Mr. Lakshman Kadiragamar was the Minister, in assisting the Ministry with the resolution of the investment disputes. Further, he also served as a Consultant to the Ministry of Food, Internal and International Trade and Commerce in which capacity he prepared the initial drafts of the Consumer Affairs Authority Act No.9 of 2003. He also served as a member of the Advisory Commission on Intellectual Property Law Office and a member of the Colombo Port Privatisation Legal Team.
Mr. Jayawardena returned to the Unofficial Bar in the year 2000 and commenced practicing there. During this time he was appointed as a consultant to many institutions. In his capacity as Legal Consultant to the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects, he advised the Institute on drafting its regulations which were promulgated in the year 2005 and are in force to date. He was a Committee Member of the Core Group on Information Technology Law mandated with drafting of legislation on Information Technology, E-Commerce and Data Protection, and was one of the key minds behind the Electronic Transactions Act No. 19 of 2006.
He has also served as an Examiner and Tutor of Commercial Law of the Council of Legal Education, as a Visiting lecturer at the University of Moratuwa [Department of Building Economics], and at the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management.
He has a number of publications and papers to his credit and addressed a number of local and international seminars including the UNCTAD Regional Round Table Conference held in Colombo on e-Commerce and Development for Asia Pacific Countries [October 1999 – “A New Legal Framework for e-Commerce”]
In recognition of his skill, competence and integrity, he was appointed as a President’s Counsel by the President, and called to the inner Bar in the year 2012.