Dr. Nishantha Sampath Punchihewa

Dr. Nishantha Sampath Punchihewa

Senior Lecturer

Department of Commercial Law Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka. Phone: +94-(0)11-2500942 Mobile: +94-(0)715566066 Email: phnsampath@googlemail.com sampath@law.cmb.ac.lk

  • LL.B (Hons), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • LLM in IP and Competition Law (MIPLC), Germany
  • PhD in Law, with honours ‘magna cum laude’, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich/ Max Planck Institute of Innovation and Competition, Germany
  • Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Attorney-at- Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka
  • Commissioner for Oaths
  • Company Secretary

♦    Intellectual Property Law
♦   Competition Law
♦   Information Technology Law
♦   Legal Method
♦   Law of Contract
♦   Interpretation of Statutes and Documents
♦   Constitutional Law

♦   Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation
♦   Competition, Anti-trust Law, and Consumer Protection
♦   Protection of Biotechnological Inventions
♦   E-Commerce and Information Technology Law
♦   Interface of Human Rights Law and Intellectual Property
♦   Intersection of Law and Economics
♦   European and WTO Law
♦   Entertainment Law

  • MIPLC Scholarship to read for an LLM in IP and Competition Law, October 2008
  • Max Planck Scholarship for PhD studies, October- 2009 September- 2012
  • Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU) Completion Grant for Outstanding Doctoral Students, October 2012
  • Visiting Lecturer, the Open University of Sri Lanka
  • Visiting Lecturer, Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, Sri Lanka- 2005 to present
  • Visiting Lecturer, Postgraduate Master Program in Law, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka
  • Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  • Teaching Assistant/Tutor in Postgraduate Master Program, Munich Intellectual Property Law (MIPLC), Munich, Germany, (2009- 2013)
  • Academic Coordinator for the Advanced Training Programme in Human Rights and Fundamental Rights, the Centre for the Study of Human Rights- University of Colombo, Sri Lanka 2014
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Member of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Sri Lanka Journal of International Law, Refereed Journal published by the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo
  • Editor, Colombo Law Review, Refereed Journal published by the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, (Commercial Law Department’s Edition-2015)
  • ‘The Interface of Intellectual Property Law and Human Rights: International, Regional and Sri Lankan Perspectives’ in New Horizons in Human Rights (The Centre for the Study of Human Rights, Colombo 2012)
  • ‘Does Sri Lankan Patent Regime adequately incentivise Local Innovations?: A Critical Analysis’, the Proceedings of the International Research Conference 2014 of the Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka
  • ‘Discovery Proceedings in Enforcement in the US and in Europe’ (Co-authored), (2009), Working Paper 6. MAS-IP Diploma Papers & Research Reports. Available at<http://www.bepress.com/ndsip/eipin/art6>
  • The Interface of Intellectual Property Law and Human Rights: International, Regional and Sri Lankan Perspectives’ in New Horizons in Human Rights (The Centre for the Study of Human Rights, Colombo 2012)
  • The Law of Unfair Competition: International, European and Sri Lankan Perspectives’ (2008) 20/2 Sri Lanka Journal of International Law 99-116.
  • Does Sri Lankan Patent Regime adequately incentivise Local Innovations?: A Critical Analysis’, the Proceedings of the International Research Conference 2014 of the Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka
  • ‘Discovery Proceedings in Enforcement in the US and in Europe’ (Co-authored), (2009), Working Paper 6. MAS-IP Diploma Papers & Research Reports. Available at<http://www.bepress.com/ndsip/eipin/art6>
  • ‘Protection of Confidentiality of Trade Secrets in the Course of Legal Proceedings: A Sri Lankan Perspective’, the Proceedings of the Annual Research Symposium of the University of Colombo, 2015
  • ‘Incentivizing Innovation of SMEs Through Second-Tier Patents: South Asian Perspectives, with Special Emphasis on Sri Lanka’, the Proceedings of the 3rd MIPLC Alumni Conference 2014 held at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich, Germany
  • ‘Protection of Sri Lanka’s Geographical Indications: The Case of Ceylon Tea’, the Proceedings of the Annual Research Symposium of the University of Colombo, 2014
  • ‘Does Sri Lankan Patent Regime adequately incentivise Local Innovations?: A Critical Analysis’, International Research Conference of the Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka, 2014
  • ‘The Option for Second-Tier Patent Protection: What Lessons can Sri Lanka learn from East Asia’, the Proceedings of the 11th Asian Law Institute (ASLI) Annual Conference held at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • ‘Second-Tier Patent Protection: An Appropriate Option for incentivising Domestic Innovation in Sri Lanka’, the Proceedings of the Annual Research Symposium of the University of Colombo, 2013
  • ‘Copyright and Freedom of Expression: A Sri Lankan Perspectives’, the Proceedings of the Annual Research Symposium of the National Institute of Library and Information Science (NILIS), 2013
  • ‘Designing a Second-Tier Protection System to Promote Innovation of SMEs: South Asian and Sri Lankan Perspectives’ in the Doctoral Conference of the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network (EIPIN), February 2012, Munich, Germany
  • ‘Utility Models Instead of Patents’ Innovation, Creativity, and IP Policy: An Indo-European Dialogue, NUJS and the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law, Kolkata, India, 2010
  • IP and Antitrust Issues in Patents and Tying: The US and EU Perspectives,   LL.M. Thesis under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Josef Drexl, Max Planck Institute of Innovation and Competition, Munich, Germany, September 2009.
  • Thesis Supervisor, MPhil/PhD in Management and Business Studies Program, Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Colombo
  • Thesis Supervisor, MPhil/PhD in Law Program, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo
  • Supervisor of Master of Law candidates, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo
  • Supervisor of  Master in Human Rights candidates, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo
  • Supervisor of Post Graduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies and Postgraduate Diploma in Human Rights Programme, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo
  • Available for supervision of MPhil and PhD candidates
  • Course Director, Information Technology Law, Master of Law Degree Program, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, 2015-2016
  • Treasurer, Law Teachers Association, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo
  • Faculty Domain Coordinator-Teaching and Learning, 2nd Institutional Self Evaluation Report, University of Colombo, 2015
  • Student Counsellor, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo
  • Member of the Curriculum Development and Review Committee of the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo
  • Resource Person, Leadership Training for the New Entrants of Universities in Sri Lanka – 2013
  • Coordinator of the Internship Program for Law Undergraduates, 2007-2008.

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