Dr Rohan Kariyawasam

Professor of Law

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Anglia Law School

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Law

Rohan Kariyawasam is a Professor of Law. He worked in industry for several years (Marconi, Unilever, McGraw-Hill) before qualifying as a solicitor with DentonWildeSapte, and further commercial law practice with Field Fisher Waterhouse and Clifford Chance.

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Before joining Anglia Ruskin, Rohan was Professor of Law and the Digital Economy at Middlesex University, professor of law at Cardiff University and the University of Essex, a member of the Essex Human Rights Centre and Director of their Program in Information Technology, Media and E-Commerce Law. He has worked as a consultant for both the media and communications department at Clifford Chance, the media law department at Field Fisher Waterhouse, and as an external consultant to the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), Cable & Wireless, and the UK's Office of Telecommunications (now OFCOM).

Rohan qualified as a solicitor with DentonWildeSapte but before this, he trained as an engineer and worked with Marconi on contracts for the Ministry of Defence.

As a student, Rohan attended Harvard Law School as a Berkman Centre Fellow, the University of Kent at Canterbury, the University of Geneva, Switzerland, the College of Law in London, and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London – where he obtained his PhD in commercial and IP law. He is a past recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Harvard.

Rohan's work involves the intersection of technology, IP, information law and the humanities. He has been both a Principal and Co-Investigator on a range of projects for the ESRC (project finance), AHRC (fair trade, special needs and disability rights), British Academy (market competition), and in commercial research in Europe and Asia for McGraw-Hill. Currently, he's developing research on the Open Society. In 2011-13, the British Academy awarded Rohan a fellowship to research market competition, net neutrality and privacy on the internet.

Research interests

  • Development law
  • Digital economy, Open Society and the knowledge economy
  • International economic law (particularly WTO law)
  • IP law
  • Special needs law
  • Technology law

Areas of research supervision

  • Digital economy
  • Internet law
  • IP law
  • Competition law
  • Communications law
  • International development
  • The Open Society
  • International trade and world trade law


  • BSc, University of Kent
  • MA, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • PhD Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Fulbright Certificate, Harvard University
  • LPC, College of Law
  • Solicitor (Law Society, UK)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Law Society
  • Board Advisor, Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
  • Trustee, The Rahula Trust
  • Fulbright Scholars Association
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Arts

Selected recent publications

Kariyawasam, R. (Ed.), 2012. Chinese Intellectual Property and Technology Laws. Edward Elgar.

Kariyawasam, R., 2012. Better regulation of digital markets: A new look at the Reference Paper? In: Cottier, T., and Burri, M. (Eds.). Trade Governance in the Digital Age. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Kariyawasam, R., 2012. Labelling Challenges in Fair Trade: A need for harmonisation? Chapter in: Dine, J. and Granville, B. (Eds). The processes and practices of fair trade: trust, ethics and governance. London: Routledge.

Kariyawasam, R., 2012. Reparations: The Universal Periodic Review and the Right To Development. In: Packer, J. and Brennan, F. (Eds.). Colonialism, Slavery, Reparations and Trade: Remedying the Past? London: Routledge.

Kariyawasam, R., (Ed.), 2009. The WTO, Intellectual Property, E-Commerce and the Internet. Edward Elgar.