Achalie Kumarage is a PhD candidate at RegNet. Her research focuses on governance tools utilized to influence law and policy reforms around women’s economic empowerment in plural legal systems of South Asia.
Prior to joining RegNet, Achalie was a Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo and is an Attorney at Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. She has briefly contributed to a national newspaper in Sri Lanka as a journalist.
Achalie holds a LL.B. with second class upper division honors and LL.M. with a Distinction from the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo in Sri Lanka. Being awarded the Fulbright scholarship (2017) she completed her second LL.M. at the American University Washington College of Law, USA, where she was awarded the Solf Award for the highest scholastic average in the Program, Ed Bou Award for the foreign-born LL.M. graduate and the Outstanding Research and Writing Award (2018). Achalie was awarded the ‘Colin B. Picker Prize’ by the Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law in May 2019, for her paper submission on gender indicators and comparative law.
Achalie’s research interests are in legal systems, gender, law and development and comparative Law.