Chrishmal Warnasuriya

Chrishmal Warnasuriya

Counsel, Sri Lanka & Int. Criminal Court (ICC) Hague, Netherlands

He is an accomplished practitioner in the Superior Courts in Sri Lanka with over 20 years experience both here and in the UK and widely accepted as a result oriented natural leader commanding the respect of both the Bench and the Bar as a “fighter” in adversarial litigation, not easily deterred to rest a case, with strict work ethics and an unwavering integrity.

At 49 years proven results in several high-profile cases in a relative
short period, recognized as one of the top 10 outstanding young personalities in the country (TOYP 2008), sought after by both State and top Corporates due to multi-skilled approach in cost-effectively managing teams of professionals in complex legal issues; beyond the court-room, politically or even internationally. Reputed as an expert in “checking” governmental action and expenditure with academic qualifications, specializing in a unique combination of Public & Commercial Laws, with a strong commitment to the attainment of social justice and democratic values.

He was recognized as a FUTURE LEADER by the US State Dept. with a IVLP Award (2014) and is also accepted by the LAW SOCIETY of UK as an Expert in Overseas Law. He was nominated twice to Parliament in 2015 & 2020 and continues to remain a PUBLIC ACTIVIST.

  • Religion:Christian- Anglican
  • Born In:Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • Profession:Supreme Courts Counsel in Sri Lanka and UK


Doctor of Philosophy (Law) - PhD

University of Colombo , Sri Lanka


Doctor of Philosophy (Law) - PhD, Registered for M. Phil leading to Ph.DDoctor of Philosophy (Law) - PhD, Registered for M. Phil leading to Ph.D Accepted & registered for M. Phil leading to PhD in Public & Administrative Law

Master's Degree, Law

King's College London. UK


Grade: Merit Honours

Master's Degree, Law

University of London. UK


Master's degree, Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law Grade: Merit Honours

Postgraduate Diploma

Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, Sri Lanka


Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations, International Relations and Affairs Grade: Merit

BA, Political Science & International Relations

University of Colombo , Sri Lanka


Attorney at Law

Sri Lanka Law College



Counsel - International Criminal Court


(Sep 2022-Present)

Mr. Chrishmal Warnasuriya, has been admitted as Counsel of the International Criminal Court (ICC), at the Hague, in Netherlands. Under Regulation 73(1) of the Regulations of the Court, the Registrar shall establish and maintain a roster of Counsel, who are available at any time to represent any person before the Court, or to represent the interests of the defense.

Counsel of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka

Chambers of Chrishmal Warnasuriya Esq.

(May 2000-Present)

Counsel of Supreme Court, Court of Appeal & High Court


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