Mario G

Mario Gomez is the Executive Director at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) in Sri Lanka.  He was previously a Lecturer in public law, human rights and gender studies in the University of Colombo.  He has published in the areas of human rights, constitutional reform, public law, gender equality and transitional justice.  He has a PhD in law and teaches occasionally in the University of Colombo.  He was a one-time member of the Law Commission of Sri Lanka, a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, and is a Member of the Board, Foundation for the Development of International Law in Asia (DILA).

His publications include:

  • ‘The Politics of Dealing with the Past in Deeply Divided Sri Lanka’ (Forthcoming)
  • ‘Constitutionalizing Economic and Social Rights in Sri Lanka’ (Co-author), Centre for Policy Alternatives, Working Paper No 7 on Constitutional Reform, September 2016.
  • ‘Lifting the Veil of Secrecy: The Right to Information in Emerging and Existing Democracies’ (
  • ‘Keeping Rights Alive: Reform and Reconciliation in Post-War Sri Lanka’. (2011) 17 Asian Yearbook of International Law, pp 117 – 148.
  • ‘Implementing Socio-Economic Rights in the New Constitution of Nepal’. In ‘Nepal: Design Options for the New Constitution’. Bipin Adhikari (Ed.) Kathmandu: Nepal Constitution Foundation; Tribhuvan University Faculty of Law; Supreme Court Bar Association, 2010, pp 306 – 318.
  • ‘Sri Lanka: Case Study on Post-Conflict Justice’. In ‘The Pursuit of International Criminal Justice: A World Study on Conflicts, Victimization, and Post-Conflict Justice’, M Cherif Bassiouni (Ed.) Antwerp: Intersentia, 2010, Volume 2, pp 763 – 784.
  • ‘Constitutional Reform in the Midst of Violent Conflict’. In ‘Sri Lanka: State of Human Rights, 2008’, Colombo: Law & Society Trust, (2009) pp 247 – 270.
  • ‘Power Sharing in Sri Lanka: Constitutional and Political Documents 1926 – 2008’ (Co-author), Berghof Foundation and Centre for Policy Alternatives: 2008, 896
  • ‘Blending Rights with Writs: Sri Lankan Public Law’s New Brew’, ‘Acta Juridica’ 2006
  • ‘Sri Lanka’s New Human Rights Commission’ (1998) 20 Human Rights Quarterly 281
  • ‘Social Economic Rights and Human Rights Commissions’ 1995 17 Human Rights Quarterly 155
  • ‘National Human Rights Commissions and Internally Displaced Persons: Illustrated by the Sri Lankan Experience’ Brookings Institution, Washington DC 2002 36
  • ‘Preferring Women: Gender and Politics in Sri Lanka’. (Co-author) Shakti: 2001, 110
  • ‘Gender Violence in Sri Lanka: From Rights and Shame to Remedies and Change’ (Co-author) Shakti: 1999, 177
  • ‘Sri Lanka: The Law’s Response to Women Victims of Violence’ (co-author), In ‘Violence, Law & Women’s Rights in South Asia’, Savitri Goonesekere (Ed) N Delhi: Sage, 2004, 207-267