DR. SRILAL M. PERERA, a Sri Lankan national, is presently Adjunct Professor of Law and International Research Scholar in Residence at the Washington College of Law of the American University in Washington DC. He has taught a course on International Investment Law at WCL since the Spring of 2000. He retired in June 2010 from the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) of the World Bank Group, after having served there for 21 years, 11 years of which he served as the Agency’s Chief Counsel. He was MIGA’s project counsel for some of the most complex investment projects in all sectors for which MIGA issued political risk insurance, principally, in Asia and Africa. He was also for a brief period Acting Vice President and General Counsel of MIGA. He served from 1986–1989 as a Legal Counsel at the Iran–United States Claims Tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands, where he was also Legal Counsel to the President of the Tribunal (1988-89). Dr. Perera, has extensive global experience in international investment transactions, claims adjudication, including alternative dispute resolution. He has gained recognition as an expert on international law, political risk insurance, investment arbitration and issues of State Responsibility with a number of publications on those subjects.
He had his legal education at the University of Sri Lanka where he earned an LL.B (1972) and received his licentiate to practice law from the Sri Lanka Law College (1975). He took his oaths as an Attorney at Law in 1975 before the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. Thereafter, he earned a Masters Degree in International Affairs (M.A.) at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University, in 1977, with specialization in international law and international economics. He completed his Ph.D. at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. in 1985, with specialization in International Law and International Relations. Dr. Perera, completed the Executive Development Program (EDP) at the Harvard University Business School in August 2001.
He was recently nominated and appointed by the Government of Sri Lanka to the Panel of Arbitrators and Conciliators of Sri Lanka, of the prestigious International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington DC.