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Can supervise PhD student as an associate supervisor in areas in the field of patents and plant breeders' rights.


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Personal profile


Asanka has been in academia for more than thirty years and currently she is a lecturer at Monash Business School, Department of Business Law and Taxation, Monash University Australia. At Monash she teaches Business Law, Australian Company Law and Business and Company Law for undergraduates and postgraduates. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy from Monash University, Master of Philosophy from Monash University, Master of Comparative Laws from Delhi University and Bachelor of Laws from University of Colombo. Before joining Monash University, she was a senior lecturer at the Open University of Sri Lanka. She conducts research in the area of intellectual property. She has authored a number of scholarly journal articles and book chapters and presented papers in conferences on intellectual property issues such as plant variety protection, patents, farmers' rights, innovation and development and gene patenting.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, Intellectual Property Lawmaking in Sri Lanka, Monash University

30 Sept 201431 Jul 2023

Award Date: 23 Jul 2023

Education, GCHE, Monash University

31 Mar 201131 Mar 2012

Award Date: 12 Jan 2012

Law, MPhil, Protection of Plant Varieties of Sri Lanka, Monash University

2 Sept 20106 May 2005

Award Date: 6 May 2004

Law, MCL, University of Delhi

30 Jul 199430 Sept 2010

Award Date: 10 Sept 1997

Law, LL.B, University of Colombo

1 Jan 198520 Oct 1991

Award Date: 20 Oct 1991

Research area keywords

  • Intellectual property
  • plant variety protection
  • TRIPS Agreement
  • patents and economic development