Neshan Gunasekara

Neshan Gunasekera

International Lawyer and Educationist

Neshan Gunasekera is an international lawyer, educationist, leadership coach, facilitator and environmentalist from Sri Lanka. He is committed to bring communities together for environmental protection, healing and conservation through the use of intergenerational, holistic and experiential learning.

He has supported and advised several international organizations including the United Nations Agencies and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, IUCN. Currently, Neshan is a Director of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA), Member, Steering Committee, of the Ecological Law and Governance Association, (ELGA), Co-Chair, Earth Trusteeship Working Group and a Lead Counsel, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions at the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law.

Neshan has supported the work of the World Future Council from its inception, including as Policy Advisor to the pioneering work of the Future Justice Commission and supported projects covering a wide array of areas including on the Nuclear-Climate nexus, Crimes Against Future Generations and International Tribunals, Rights of Future Generations to name a few.

In 2020, Neshan was bestowed with The H.E. Judge C.G. Weeramantry International Justice Award for his work for the cause of justice and inclusion of all peoples during and after conflicts, notably in Sri Lanka and the South Asia region through various global, regional and national institutions and his continuing  contributions in the areas of peace, conflict transformation and sustainable development. This also recognized his work as the former Director, (2007-2012), Weeramantry International Centre, set up by Late H.E. Judge C.G. Weeramantry, Former Vice-President, International Court of Justice and a Founding Honourary Councilor of the World Future Council.

Neshan is a trained lawyer and educationist with specialized skills in Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation, International Law – including International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law, International Relations, Multilateralism, Public Diplomacy, Preventive Diplomacy, Advocacy, Environmental Conservation, and Leadership. He has contributed to several peacebuilding, conflict transformation, environmental conservation and educational projects in various parts of the world and advised several institutions on transitional and restorative justice programmes.

Further, he is a passionate sportsman and involves himself in sports administration and the promoting the spirit of sports. He supports various individuals to take up sports and continue in sports, including persons with disability and uses sports as a tool for integration and leadership.