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Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan

Dr Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan


Dublin Main Campus
Development Activities
Academic Qualifications: 
PhD (NUI Galway, Ireland) LL.M. (Maastricht University, The Netherlands)
Regulatory Body Service / Consultancy / Other Appointments: 
AHRI Network, Third World Approaches to International Law, International Communities Organization, Front Line Defenders, Amnesty International, North South Human Rights Research Network, Irish Association of Law Teachers

Dr. Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan, LLM. (Maastricht University), PhD (NUI Galway) is a lecturer for international law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law at Griffith College Dublin since September 2017. Prior to this lectureship at GCD, he worked as a Fellow and research assistant to the Irish Centre for Human Rights in Galway, Ireland. There, his doctoral thesis was supervised from 2013-2015 by the then Director of the Centre, Prof. Michael O’Flaherty (now Director of the Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU) and then by Dr. Shane Darcy, deputy director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights.

His doctoral research focused on the engagement of Sri Lanka with the United Nations human rights machinery. Before his occupation at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, he studied law at the universities of Bonn and Marburg (Germany). Subsequently, he had worked at different research institutions, universities, politicians and policy-makers in Düsseldorf and Berlin, Germany. Finally, he worked as a junior lawyer for the tenants’ association in Bonn, Germany.

Thamil holds a master’s degree from the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands. He has presented and will be presenting papers at think tanks, International organisations and universities in, inter alia, Braga, Dublin, Edinburgh, Galway, Geneva, London, New Delhi, Padova, Seattle, Seoul, Singapore. He has written on numerous issues regarding international law. 

His first book was recently published with Springer Publishers. For more info, click here.

Sri Lanka, Human Rights and the United Nations, A Scrutiny into the International Human Rights Engagement with a Third World State
Book Chapters: 
‘Panem et circences? Peoples’ Tribunals from a TWAIL perspective’, in: People’s Tribunal and the Law, Regina Paulose (ed.), Routledge Publishers, 2020, -forthcoming-
‘Critical Perspectives on International Investment Law’, in: Handbook of International Investment Law, Julien Chaisse, Choukroune, Leïla Choukroune, Sufian Jusoh (eds.), Springer Publishers, 2021, -forthcoming-
Peer Reviewed Journals: 
Dum vivimus vivamus. The Tamils in Sri Lanka: a right to internal self-determination, in: Peace Human Rights Governance (PHRG)
Uniting the nations or dividing and conquering: The United Nations’ multilateralism questioned – a Third World Scholar’s perspective, in: Irish Studies in International Affairs
E pluribus unum? Racial Injustice in the US and the International Response, in: Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law, 2019, -forthcoming-
Breaking Bad Customs -involving the idea of opinio juris communis in Asian state practice, in: Asian Yearbook of International Law, Volume 29, 2019 -forthcoming-
The United Nations and the reproduction of Western knowledge, in: Millennium Journal of International Studies, Vol. 49, 2019 -forthcoming-
The good Samaritan has arrived. An inquiry into the standard of civilization. James Cook, Jon Allen Chau and others, in: Revista da Faculdade de Direito da Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Volume 47, 2019 -forthcoming-
The Camp - the role of the United Nations’ regarding the treatment of migrants by the Libyan regime, in: Special Issue of Journal of International Organizations Studies, 2020 -forthcoming-
Newspaper Articles: 
The Irish Times, ‘Attacks evidence Sri Lanka as post-war but not post-conflict country’
The Journal, ’Walls to stop immigrants would have made my own existence impossible’
Groundviews, ‘Caged Independence´, ‘Selma is now – the continued inspiration of the civil rights movement’

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