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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) is a lecturer for international law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law at Griffith College Dublin since September 2017. Prior to this lectureship, he was occupied 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. His research focuses on engagement of Sri Lanka with the UN human rights machinery. Before his occupation at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, he studied law at the universities of Bonn and Marburg, Germany, and worked in different research institutions, at universities, for policy-makers in Duesseldorf 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 papers at different universities and has written on numerous issues relating to international law

The United Nations human rights machinery and Sri Lanka, (Publisher: Springer Series: International Law and the Global South, Leila Choukroune (ed.), work in progress)
Book Chapters: 
Panem et circences? Peoples’ Tribunals from a TWAIL perspective, (Publisher: Routledge, People’s Tribunal (tentative title), Regina Paulose (ed.) work in progress)
TBC, (Publisher: Springer, New Global Handbook of International Investment Law, Leila Choukroune (ed.), work in progress)
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
The United Nations human rights machinery - too big to fail? An examination of the flaws of the machinery and proposals from a Third World Scholar’s perspective, in: AHRI Conference 2018 (unpublished)
Taming the beast – what is the role of international law to encounter the worldwide eruption of nationalism, xenophobia and racism? in: Oregon Review of International Law (unpublished)
Mother Courage and Her Fate - an examination of women’s role in times of transitional justice. A case study from post-war Sri Lanka, in: Edited Collection 2019, British Academy and from the OpenUniversity Citizenship & Governance Strategic Research Area