Other Staff

Aruni Jayakody

Aruni Jayakody (Senior Researcher).

Aruni holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University (2013). Aruni obtained her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland (2008). She was admitted to practice as a lawyer in Australia in 2009. Prior to joining SACLS, Aruni was based in Kabul, and worked on rule of law and governance issues at the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit. She has also researched United Nations monitoring, reporting and fact-finding mechanisms at the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research. In 2010-11 she researched constitutional reform and freedom of expression issues as a researcher at the Legal and Constitutional Unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Aruni’s states interests outside work are Biryani and Beyonce.

Esther Hoole

Esther Hoole (Project Coordinator).

Esther obtained her Bachelor of Laws with honours from Cardiff University. Prior to joining SACLS, Esther interned at Nithya Partners a commercial law firm based in Colombo. Since joining SACLS, she has conducted legal research on international law and domestic law issues. In addition, she generates advocacy content in Tamil and English and helps in co-ordinating training sessions.

Esther enjoys classical music, and is a trained pianist.

Rhadeena de Alwis

Rhadeena de Alwis (Legal Consultant).

Rhadeena graduated with Honours from the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo. While at the Faculty she was an enthusiastic participant in the ICRC International Humanitarian Law Mooting Competitions, and the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competitions. Rhadeena took oaths as an Attorney-at-Law in December 2014, and is currently active in the private Bar. She has been engaged as a consultant researcher with SACLS since 2015.

Rhadeena loves to bake all manner of confectionary delights.

Medhaka Fernando

Medhaka Fernando (Researcher).

Medhaka is an undergraduate from the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo. At university Medhaka took part in the Philip C Jessup Moot Court Competition in the years 2014 and 2015. Prior to joining university he enjoyed a brief stint teaching at his former alma mater S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia.

Medhaka loves to read and play scrabble during his free time.

 

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Nadeshda Jayakody (Senior Researcher).

Nadeshda is an admitted lawyer in Australia, having obtained her LLB with Second Class Honours from the University of Technology, Sydney. Soon after, she was awarded a Leiden Excellency Scholarship to pursue an Advanced LLM in International and European Human Rights Law from Leiden University, from which she graduated first in the class and with Cum Laude. Prior to joining SACLS, Nadeshda was a Consultant working on a project on UN sanctions and human rights for the UN University in New York. She has also interned at the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in London.

Aside from her passion for human rights and rule of law issues, Nadeshda enjoys yoga and not training for a half marathon that she has registered for.  

 

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Zahabiya Husain (Researcher).

Zahabiya graduated with an LLB from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 2011. She has been working in policy and legal research in Sri Lanka since 2015. She has worked in monitoring and critical analysis, including with respect to Sri Lanka’s commitments under UNHRC Resolution 30/1, the President’s campaign manifesto to women and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. She has also worked in public interest litigation for the protection of the environment and environmental rights in Sri Lanka.

Zahabiya enjoys reading and writing during her free time.  

 

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Arun Arokianathan (Consultant).

Arun Arokianathan is presently working as a consultant with SACLS, Athavan TV and Worldbank. He was the former Editor in Chief of Sudar Oli, a leading Tamil language national daily newspaper in Sri Lanka. In addition, he previously worked in Virakesari, Shakthi TV, Deepam TV, IBC Tamil, World Vision and U.S. Embassy Colombo, the latter where he taught social media skills to rural students and journalists. He is presently a visiting lecture at Sri Lanka Journalism College. He received his B.A. in Social Science from Open University of Sri Lanka and is currently reading for his Masters in Journalism from University of Ateneo De Manila. He has participated in 10th Global Investigative Journalism Conference in J'burg -2017 and “Uncovering Asia,” Asia’s first investigative journalism conference in Philippines in 2014..