Ruwantissa Abeyratne

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Degree Certification

Ph. D.

Academic Unit

Career and Professional Development


Dr. Ruwantissa Abeyratne has worked in the field of aviation law and management for thirty years. He worked as Senior Legal Officer at the International Civil Aviation Organization until he retired on 1 July 2013 after 23 years of service. As Senior Legal Officer,  he headed the  Treaty Office at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and advised States on their registration and depository obligations with regard to international treaties and their  adherence thereto.  Prior to this position, Dr. Abeyratne worked, for 20 years in the Air Transport Bureau of ICAO where he rose to the rank of Acting Director, being responsible for safety, security environmental protection and economic issues of the Organization.  Before joining ICAO he was, for 8 years at Airlanka, serving the airline as Chief Coordinator and Head of International Relations and Insurance.

Dr. Abeyratne,  holds the degree of doctor of civil laws (DCL) from McGill University, the degree of doctor of philosophy (PhD) from the University of Colombo, the degree of master of laws (LL.M) from Monash University, Victoria, Australia, and the degree of bachelor of laws (LL.B) from the University of Colombo.

Dr. Abeyratne is the author of 24 books and more than 400 papers in academic and professional journals and edited volumes. His professional reputation rests largely on work in aerospace law and economics.  Dr. Abeyratne’s  current academic research is focused on  air transport economics and aviation and climate change.    

Dr. Abeyratne  holds an impressive record of teaching at graduate level for 22 years in the field of international law and relations and public policy.

He is a fellow of both the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a member of the International Trade Law and Space Law Committees of the International Law Association.  Dr. Abeyratne is also a member of editorial boards of several international law journals.

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