Mr. Lal Kurukulasuriya

Director-General, CERTI

Mr. Lal Kurukulasuriya is the founder and Director-General of  the Centre for Environmental Research, Training and Information (CERTI). He used to work as Chief of the Environmental Law Branch, in UNEP, and has an extensive expertise and experience in the development and implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements and national environmental law.

He joined UNEP in 1990 as the head of the Interim Ozone Secretariat, UNEP’s environmental law capacity building program, as well as the Environmental Law Program for Asia and the Pacific. He has provided leadership to the development and implementation of UNEP’s global program aimed at strengthening the role of judiciaries around the world in promoting the rule of law and governance in the field of environment and sustainable development. Prior to joining UNEP, Mr. Kurukulasuriya was the Legal Adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka and served as Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Sweden and the other Nordic countries from 1982-1987.

He was the Assistant Secretary General of the Asian African Legal Consultative Committee from 1978-1980. Mr. Kurukulasuriya has written extensively on a wide range of issues in the field of environmental law and its links with other areas of law, such as the human rights law and the law in the field of sustainable development. He has also taught Environmental Law at several Universities and contributed to numerous training programmes, seminars and symposia. He is a graduate of law from the University of Sri Lanka, holds an M.Phil degree in International Law from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and is an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.