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Dr. Gowri Nanayakkara

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 923870

Profile summary

Qualifications : Attorney-at-Law (Hons) (Sri Lanka), LLM in Computer and Communications Law (London), PhD (Kent)

Gowri Nanayakkara is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and also a qualified Solicitor (England and Wales). Formerly, she was working as a State Counsel at the Attorney General's Department, Sri Lanka and as an Associate Lecturer at University of Kent, UK.  Gowri holds a PhD in Intellectual Property Law and the Global South, from Kent Law School, University of Kent, UK. She is also an Honorary Lecturer at University of Liverpool. Gowri is an accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Gowri teaches, Criminal Law, Critical Approaches to Law, Theory of Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property Law. She has research interests in Criminal Law, Intellectual Property Law and Policy, Copyright Law and Global South.   

Teaching and subject expertise

Criminal Law, Critical Approaches to Law, Theory of Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property Law

External activities

Representing the government of Sri Lanka, participated as a panellist at the National Information Technology Law Conference of Sri Lanka organised by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (2006) 

Attended a conference organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation on ‘Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights’ held in Nashville, USA. (2007)

Presented a paper titled, “Mimesis, Cover Versions and the Commercial Vocalists’ Dilemma; Sri Lankan Perspective” at the International Conference on Asian Studies, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka (2012) 

Presented a paper titled "Performers' Rights Regime in the Sri Lankan Music Industry: Ten Years On" at Law and Boundaries Conference, Sceince Po, Paris, May 2014. 

Presented a paper titled “Hello… It’s the Singers from the Other Side: Sinhala Singers’ Performers’ Rights Dream” at 'Performers' Rights: An evening of Discussion and Performances' organised by the New IP Lawyers network (London, 2015) available at https://newiplawyers.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/dr-gowri-nanayakkara.pdf and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo_lCtdhLhA 

Presented a paper on 'Promise and Perils of Sri Lankan Performers' Rights: The Royalty Collection in Music' at Society of Legal Scholars Conference (York, 2015)

An improved version of the above paper was presented at the CCCU Research and Knowledge Exchange Conference (Canterbury, 2015)

Presented a paper titled 'Cover Songs and Copyright Law: A Sri Lankan Case Study' at the International Conference on Asian Studies (Toronto, 2016)

Presented a paper titled, 'Performers' Rights Regime in Sri Lankan music: Did we get it right?' at the Law Asia Golden Jubilee Conference (Colombo, 2016)

Scheduled to present a paper titled, 'Performing as Belonging: Sinhala Singers and Covering in Sri Lanka' at the International Meeting on Law and Society organised by the Law and Society Association (Mexico, 2017) 

Publications and research outputs

“Mimesis, Cover Versions and the Commercial Vocalists’ Dilemma; Sri Lankan Perspective” International Conference on Asian Studies 2012 Conference Publication (July 2012)

“Hello… It’s the Singers from the Other Side: Sinhala Singers’ Performers’ Rights Dream” (2015) available at https://newiplawyers.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/dr-gowri-nanayakkara.pdf and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo_lCtdhLhA 

Newspaper article on Sri Lankan Performers' Rights  http://www.rivira.lk/epaper/sunday/2016/05/01/index.html#23/z (Sinhalese, 2015)

Review of Intellectual Property Law by Lionel Bentley and Brad Sherman The Law Teacher Vol. 50, Iss. 2,2016

'Performers' Rights Regime in Sri Lankan music: Did we get it right?'  Law Asia Golden Jubilee Conference Proceedings (2016)

"Covering the Cover: Copyright Law and Covering in Sri Lankan Music" IV JSA Law Journal (2016) 87-98 (ISSN 2357-2884)

'Promise and Perils of Sri Lankan Performers' Rights: The Royalty Collection in Music' European Journal of Current Legal Issues 22(1) 2017 http://webjcli.org/article/view/532

'Immateriality and materiality in intellectual property: an indisputable dichotomy or essentially entwined' Review of Intellectual Property and Access to Im/material Goods by Jessica C Lai and Antoinette Maget Dominicé, Edward Elgar, 2016 in Journal of Intellectual Property and Practice (forthcoming)

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