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Dr. Kushanthi Harasgama

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Humanities & Sciences | School of Law

Career Summary

Kushanthi is a an Assistant Professor attached to the School of Law, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences. She also functions as the Coordinator of the LLB(Hons) program of Liverpool John Moores University, UK, delivered at Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT).

Kushanthi has a B.A (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, an LLM degree from Deakin University, Australia, and a Ph.D in law from Monash University, Australia. She has won many scholarships and awards for her studies including the Monash Law School Foundation Scholarship and the Australian Postgraduate Award.

Kushanthi took oaths as an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in December 2004 and has about fourteen years’ experience in the legal field in various capacities such as a practicing Attorney-at-Law, a legal researcher and an academic. She has taught law at the Monash Law School (2011-2013), at the Royal Institute of Sri Lanka for the LLB(Hons) degree of University of London, UK (2013) and at the Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) Sri Lanka for the LLB(Hons) degree of Staffordshire University, UK (2014-2018). Before joining SLIIT in October 2018, Kushanthi functioned as the Head of Law School at Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology, Sri Lanka.

Kushanthi’s teaching interests include Contract Law, Criminal Law, Law of Sale, Export and International Trade Law, and Equity and Trusts. Her research interests include criminal law, legal philosophy, cyber-crime and anti-terrorism law.



  • PhD in Law, Monash University, Australia, 2012

       Thesis: Theoretical Justifications for Australia’s Anti-Terrorism Financing  Laws

  • Master of Laws (LLM), Deakin University, Australia, 2007
  • Attorneys-at-Law Examinations, Sri Lanka Law College, Sri Lanka, 2001-2003
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English Literature, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, 2005


  • Monash University Law School Foundation Scholarship (International Student Scholarship) from 2007 to 2009.
  • Monash University Graduate Scholarship (International Student scholarship) from 2008 to 2009.
  • Australian Post-Graduate Award from 2010 to 2011.
  • Mahapola Merit Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Sri Lankan Government Higher Education Scholarship for Undergraduates.

Research Interests and Memberships

Research Interests

  • Criminal law, Legal philosophy, Cyber-crime and anti-terrorism law


  • Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka (From 2004)
  • Sri Lanka Bar Association (From 2004)

Ongoing Research

'An Investigation of Online Harassment among the Young Population in Sri Lanka: Development of a National Strategy to Combat Online Harassment' - Research fundede by Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development (AHEAD) project of World Bank 2019-2022

My Publications

Conference Proceedings

  • Puttick, Keith, and Harasgama, Kushanthi   Regulating for ILO Decent Work Standard & Best Practice in the Development and operation of Flexible Working Schemes  in Business, Law and Technology Conference, Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology,  year 2017,  Sri Lanka,      Business, Law and Technology Conference, Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology, Sri Lanka,,  20th July 2017,  
  • Harasgama, K.S., Selvakkumaran,N.,Abeysinghe, S.   Online Harassment in Sri Lanka : Prevalence and Regulation  in 2nd International Symposium on Social Sciences & Humanities (ISSSH),  year 2019,  Sri Lanka,        12th-13th December 2019,  
  • Harasgama, Kushanthi   Criminalizing Marital Rape  in Business, Law and Technology Conference, Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology,  year 2016,  Sri Lanka,        7th July 2016,  

Book Chapters

  • Karunasena, Kanishka, Deng, Hepu & Harasgama, Kushanthi S.  " An Investigation of the Critical Factors for Evaluating the Public Value of e-Government: A Thematic Analysis. "  Kommers, P., Issa, T. and Isaas, P. (Eds),  Information Systems and Technology for Organizations in Networked Society,      2013,  Hershey PA: IGI Global,    
  • Kushanthi Harasgama and Paramie Munasignhe  " A Multi-Jurisdictional Analysis of Cyber Sextortion Laws: Australia, India and Sri Lanka "  Aditya Tomer,Vaishali Arora,Joshua N Aston (eds),  Comparative Law (Facets, Nuances and Intricacies),      2022,  Thomson Reuters,    

Conference Presentations

  • Harasgama, Kushanthi  " Legal Moralism and Anti-terrorism Laws in Australia  Presentation,  at Annual Conference of the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy, June 13-15, 2008, Melbourne,   2008

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