About this blog

I am a Sri Lankan lawyer specializing in international law, international humanitarian law and sanctions.

I worked for the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Government of Sri Lanka in the fields of international law and international humanitarian law.

I strongly believe that every student should have equal access to educational opportunities and quality learning materials. I am reminded that we still have some way to go before all students can begin their careers on an equal footing: Textbooks continue to be prohibitively expensive for students of the Global South. Organizers of academic conferences still hesitate to provide need-based assistance for deserving students to present papers. International Organizations, including the United Nations, still, shamefully, announces unpaid internships.

Against this background, this blog is published with the intention to allow everyone reading these posts to have access to some of the basic concepts of international law.

I hope this blog will be useful to you in your international law journey. Good luck!

My email: ruwanthikagun@gmail.com.

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22 thoughts on “About this blog

  1. Dear Dr. Gunaratne,
    I just want to say that I really enjoy your blog. I’m taking international law at the University of Toronto right now, and your insightful analysis is a really great supplement in helping me understand these often convoluted reading.

    Thank you,

  2. Dear Dr. Gunaratne

    I am not only much impressed by your critical analysis of various subjet matters on public international law but also really benefitted from your notes in the blog. I am LLM student of international law at Tribhuwan University right now. Going through your lines, I feel I am taking your lecture lively. I am sincerely grateful for your profound contribution on knowledge sharing with the students irrespective of their origin.

    Thank You
    Amrit Kharel

  3. For a first year masters student of IL your papers on customary law and the north sea cases are particularly helpful.

    Suggest there is merit in considering a condensed almost dot point attempt of the topics covered in International Law by Evans would be a large but useful project.

    Sometimes as a student it is worth having the super condensed version to read before we dive into the texts and more detailed articles

    Your writing style would be particularly suited to a summary of a text book



  4. Dear Dr Ruwanthika Gunaratne,
    Thank you. I have an exam in a few hours and nothing has helped me in a whole academic year of studying PIL as has your blog just hours before. Thank you once again.


  5. Thank you so much Madam Ruwanthika Gunaratne. This blog really assisted me towards my final exam LLB in Fiji Islands. Must recommend this blogs to my Law friends

  6. Dear Dr. Ruwanthika Gunaratne

    1st of all iam international relations’s student from university malaysia sabah. Now iam in second semester and iam taking public international law subject which is one of the compulsory subject of international relations.

    i just want to say thank you because your blog really help me as my references to find more about public international law. i hope you may add more about the case that would be legal authority. tq.

  7. Thank you very much Dr. Gunaratne for this helpful blog. I am a student at Qatar University – and this blog has helped me immensely for my PIL Course.

  8. Quiet grateful for the website as i am doing international studies.It gives an insight to various cases of law that are informative and the pristine detail used in writing these essays makes you step into the past and become a part of the story.

  9. I am scheduled to write my final Public International Law exam today, at the University of Namibia. I’ve gone through a variety of sources for the Nicaragua v. USA case, but none of them provided me with summary that I could grasp like you have! I am panic-free, and will def. ace that exam!!

    May the Lord keep you. Your blog is absolutely amazing!!


  10. Dear Dr. Gunaratne, I found your blog & your research papers immensely useful. The way you simplify judgments of ICJ & PCIJ is just incredible. Keep up the good work. It will help the teachers & students across the globe in better understanding of Public International Law.

  11. Dear Dr. Gunaratne,

    Thank you so much for this website. I am currently preparing for Jessup Moot and the information on this website really saves me a lot of time doing sometimes useless research.

    Really incredible work!


  12. Its a very helpful and postive platform for law aspirants am really thankful knowin about this blog

  13. Dear Ruwanthika,
    I am a law student in India and I have found your blog quite helpful and intetesting. The structure of every article is well thought and easy to read and understand. Its just great work! Keep on posting!
    Thank you.

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