Kirsty Anantharajah has degrees in Arts and Law (Hons I) from the Australian National University. Her honours thesis was titled: Game playing in human rights regulatory regimes: Sri Lanka’s interactions with the Universal Periodic Review.
She recently relocated from Sydney where she was active in refugee legal protection. Her writing surrounding various human rights and gender issues in Sri Lanka has been published by OpenDemocracy, the Colombo Telegraph and Sri Lanka’s Law and Society Trust Review. Kirsty’s publication, ‘Crisis of Legal indeterminacy’ (in The Search for Justice: The Sri Lanka Papers, Zubaan: 2016), was co-authored with Kishali Pinto Jayewardene, and examines Sri Lankan women’s experience of sexual violence and injustice during and after the civil war.
She currently provides research associate to Professor Neil Gunningham in his work examining the role of financial markets in climate change mitigation in the Asia Pacific region. Kirsty also provides research support to Cynthia Banham on her project examining accountability in Australia’s asylum seeker systems.