Dr. Dayanath Jayasuriya

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Dr. Dayanath Jayasuriya

Dr. Dayanath Jayasuriya has a LL.B. from the University of Ceylon and a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Colombo. In June 1973 he was admitted as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and later as a President’s Counsel. He has been elected as a Fellow of the International Compliance Association (U.K); Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Advanced Study of Law (U.K.); Fellow of the International Federation of Adjusting Associations (U.K.); and as a Member of the Singapore Institute of Directors. He joined the Attorney-General’s Department in February 1974 and left in 1983 as a Senior State Counsel. Until 1999 Dr Jayasuriya worked in Geneva, Vienna, Bangkok and New Delhi where he held senior positions within the United Nations including that as Head, UNAIDS Secretariat, Pakistan and Chief Technical Adviser to the UN International Drug Control Programmed covering South Asia and the Central Asian Republics.

He has advised over 40 countries on regulatory aspects. From 2000-2003 he served as the Director-General of the SEC and Insurance Board of Sri Lanka and as the Chairman of both from 2004-2005. He is the Founder President of the South Asian Insurance Regulators’ Forum. He has also served as a Board member of Public Enterprises Reform Commission; Working Director of the Public Utilities Commission and as a Founder Director of the National Procurement Agency. As a Visiting Professor of Mercantile Law at the University of the Free State in South Africa- which has one of the largest and oldest law faculties in the country- he has taught subjects such as Corporate Governance and Financial Crime. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, Boston and has delivered guest lectures at Oxford University; University of London; Cambridge University; University of New South Wales; University of Tasmania; University of Montreal; Delaware Law School etc.

He is a Distinguished Visitor at the Georgetown Law School, Washington D.C Dr. Jayasuriya has written more than 20 books, 25 monographs and published over 200 articles. His books have been cited in judgments of the United States Appeal Courts and are standard works of reference for professional and post-graduate courses in many countries. He is on the editorial board of several British journals such as The Company Lawyer, Journal of Financial Crime, Journal of Money Laundering Control, Journal of Qualitative Research in Financial Markets and the Emerald’s Emerging Markets Case Studies Series. He is the Chairman of Orient Finance PLC; Managing Partner, Corporate Governance Advisory Services Pte Ltd. Singapore; and Chairman of the Rating Committee of Lanka Rating Co. Ltd.

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