Roshan is currently carrying out research on indentured labour in Queensland and completing a joint research project with Professor Bruce Kapferer (University of Bergen, Norway) on governmentality and the post-war Sri Lankan State.
- Legal Anthropology
- Legal History of South and South East Asia
- Law and Social Theory
- Law and Post-Colonial Theory
- Indentured Labor and Imperial Networks
Current teaching areas
- Property Law
- Law and Culture
- Legal History of Asia and the Middle East
- Nation, Constitutionalism and Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Routledge, United Kingdom, 2014.
- 'Cosmology, Presidentialism and J.R. Jayewardene's Constitutional Imaginary' in A. Welikala (ed.) Sri Lankan Presidentialism 35 Years on: Provenance, Problems, Prospects, Centre for Policy Alternatives, Colombo, 2015.
- 'The Mandala State in Pre-British Sri Lanka: The Cosmographical Terrain of Contested Sovereignty in the Theravada Buddhism Tradition', in A. Wagner, S. Cacciaguidi-Fahy and R. Sherwin (eds.) Law, Culture and Visual Studies, Vols 1 & 2, Springer Publishing Company, 2013.
- 'Republican Constitutionalism and Sinhalese Buddhist Nationalism in Sri Lanka: Towards an Ontological Account of the Crisis of the Sri Lankan State' in A. Welikala (ed.) The Sri Lankan Republic at 40: Reflections on Constitutional History, Theory and Practice, Colombo: Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2012 (Chapter 10, p. 402-440).
- 'Post-war realities in Sri Lanka: From the Crime of War to the Crime of Peace in Sri Lanka', in B. Kapferer and A. Hobart (eds.) Contesting the State: The Dynamics of Resistance and Control, Sean Kingston Publishing, 2012 (with B. Kapferer)
- 'Violence, Evil and the State in Sri Lanka: On the Continued Relevance of an Ontological Approach to Sinhalese Nationalism', in B. Kapferer, Legends of People, Myths of State: Violence, Intolerance and Political Culture in Sri Lanka and Australia, (Third Edition), Smithsonian Institutional Press, 2012.
- 'States of Mind and States of History: The Future in Sri Lanka Can Be Decentered', in Campaign for Just Peace & Democracy (Zurich), Envisioning New Trajectories for Peace in Sri Lanka, Ravaya Publications: Colombo 2006.
- 'On Being, Nation and Citizenship in Sri Lanka: Going Beyond the Ontological Hermeneutics of the Buddhist Cosmos', in P. Fitzpatrick & P. Tuitt (eds.) Critical Beings: Law, Nation and the Global Subject. Ashgate: Dartmouth, 2004.
- 'An Ontological Approach to Constitutionalism in Sri Lanka', in E. Darian-Smith and P. Fitzpatrick (eds.) Laws of The Postcolonial, University of Michigan Press: Michigan 1999.
- 'Buddhism, the Asokan Persona and the Galactic Polity: Re-thinking Sri Lanka's Constitutional Present', (2007) 51 Social Analysis: The International Journal of Cultural and Social Practice 3.
- 'Galactic Polities and the Decentralisation of Administration in Sri Lanka: The Buddha Does Not Always Have to Return to the Center', (2003) 12 Griffith Law Review 2.
- 'The Silent Echo of the Law: Phenomenology and the Cosmology of Buddhism', (2000) 5 Law/Text/Culture 1.
- 'Citizenship Law, nationalism and the Theft of Enjoyment: a post-colonial narrative', (1998) 4 Law/Text/Culture 2.
- 'Ambivalence, contigency and the failure of exclusion: the ontological schema of the 1972 constitution of the Republic of Sri Lanka', (1996) 5 Social and Legal Studies 3.
Extended Review Essays
- ‘Colonialism, Caste and Custom in Indian History: Revisiting Governmentality’ – Review Essay of Nicholas B Dirks: Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India. Princeton University Press: Princeton. 2001, in South Asia Research (2007), Vol. 27 (3).
- Review Essay of ‘Modernism and the Grounds of Law’, Peter Fitzpatrick. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge. 2001, in Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture (2005) Vol. 11 (4).
- 'A Legal History of Sri Lanka' in The Oxford Encyclopaedia of Legal History, Oxford University Press, 2009.
- 'Buddhist Law in South Asia', in The Oxford Encyclopaedia of Legal History, Oxford University Press, 2009.
- Griffith Law Review (2011) Vol. 20(2). (Co-editor).
- Griffith Law Review (2007) Vol. 16(1). (Co-editor).
- 'Tracking the Postcolonial in Law', special issue of Griffith Law Review (2003) Vol. 12(2). (Co-edited with John Strawson).
- Review of Andrew Huxley 'Thai Law: Buddhist Law; Essays on the Legal History of Thailand, Laos and Burma' (2006) 15 Griffith Law Review 2.
- Review of J. D. Caputo, 'Deconstruction in a Nutshell: A Conversation with Jacques Derrida', (1998) 11 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 31.
- Review of M. Gottdiener, 'Postmodern Semiotics: Material Culture and the Forms of Postmodern Life', (1997) 10 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 28.
- Review of Rebecca Redwood-French, 'The Golden Yoke: The Legal Cosmology of Buddhist Tibet', (1996) 5 Social & Legal Studies 3.
Selected conferences and seminars
- Evil, Ontology and the Buddhist State, School of Law Seminar Series, University of Westminster, February, 2010.
- Buddhism and Its Conceptualization of Property: How Two Worlds Collide, Department of Law Postgraduate Seminar Series, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, April 2010.
- On the (Im)possible Relation between the Universal and the Relative: Representation and the Limits of Relativism, Institute of International Law and the Humanities, University of Melbourne, April 2007.
- Rereading Phenomenology and Transcendence through the Cosmic Stories of Buddhism, Center for Public Culture and Ideas, Griffith University, September 2005.
- Representations of Nations and Nationalism in Sri Lanka, Institute of Postcolonial Studies Seminar Series, Melbourne, November 2003.
- Devolution, Hierarchy and Dissolution: From Galactic Polities to the Centralised State, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo. August 1999.
Selected Conference Presentations
- Dr Roshan de Silva Wijeyeratne's complete list of conference presentations (PDF 53Kb)
- On the (Im)possible Nature of Community and the Limit Point of Identity; Ontology without Essence, The Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, University of California, Berkeley, March 2008.
- Re-Thinking Sri Lanka’s Constitutional Present Buddhism: the Asokan Persona and The Decentralized Order of the Galactic Polity, South Asia Law Seminar Series, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, February 2008.
- Memory, Ontology and the Asokan Persona: The Agony of Proximity in Sri Lankan Constitutional History, The Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, Georgetown Law School, Washington, March 2007.
- Constitutionalism and the Cosmology of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Department of Law Seminar Series, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, February 2006.
- Speculating on the Legal Forms of Classical Theravada Buddhism, Birkbeck Law School Seminar Series, Birkbeck College, University of London, January 2006.