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Professor of Law, The University of Queensland

Suri Ratnapala is Professor of Public Law at The University of Queensland and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. He holds the degrees of LLB (Colombo); LLM (Macquarie) and PhD (Qld), and teaches constitutional law and jurisprudence.
He has received fellowships from the prestigious international research centres, the Institute of Humane Studies, George Mason University, Virginia, the Social Philosophy and Policy Centre of the Bowling Green State University, Ohio and the International Centre for Economic Research, Turin, Italy.
In 1998, his work received further recognition when he was elected to the membership of the Mont Pelerin Society, the international grouping of liberal intellectuals. In 2000, he received a John Templeton Foundation Award for his course 'Advanced Constitutional Law and Theory', granted 'on the basis of uniqueness, innovation, and interdisciplinarity and the balance of political, economic and social theory’.
In 2003 he was awarded a Centenary of Australian Federation Medal by the Governor-General of Australia for his contribution to Australian society through research in law and economics. In 2007 Professor Ratnapala was made an Alan McGregor Fellow of the Centre for Independent Studies.


  • –present
    Professor of Law, Univeristy of Queensland

Research Areas

  • Law (1801)
  • Constitutional Law (180108)
  • Human Rights Law (180114)
  • Human Rights And Justice Issues (220104)
  • Legal Theory, Jurisprudence And Legal Interpretation (180122)