Death of Dr. A.R.B. Amerasinghe


Anthony Ranjit Bevis Amerasinghe, a former Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka for 13 years and Acting Chief Justice, died on Friday.

Dr. A. R. B. Amerasinghe, LL.B.; B.Litt.; Ph.D.; LL.D.; was born in 1937.

He was educated at the University of Ceylon, The Ceylon Law College & The Queens College Oxford. He was a Visiting Research Fellow of the University of London. He was a Lecturer at the faculty of Law of the University of Ceylon.

He was member of the Council of Legal Education, Deputy Secretary General of The Asian African Legal Consultative Committee New Delhi and General Manager (Administration) of The Insurance Corporation of Sri Lanka.

Dr. Amerasinghe was the Senior Economic Affairs Officer UNCTAD Geneva. He was the Chairman of The Law Commission for ten years.

He was the Regional Adviser for the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation (South Pacific Region) and Commissioner of Insurance Fiji. He was the author of seventeen books and several papers published in learned journals in Sri Lanka and abroad.

He was the Chairman/member of many expert and advisory bodies in Sri Lanka and abroad. For example he was the Chairman of the Transfer of Technology Committee WIPO Geneva; Advisor on Public Corporations to The Arab Planning Institute Kuwait; UNDP advisor to the Government of Kenya; Chairman of the Asian Association of Insurance Commissioners; member of the "expert panel" of The Asian Development Bank, Manila and for five years the Secretary General of The Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO.

He was the eldest son of Clarence & Sybil Amerasinghe.

Dr. Amerasinghe leaves Yvonne, his wife since 1961, his daughter Melina, his grandsons Max, Mohan & Manuwai, his son-in-law Michael Korber, his sister Mrs. Shirani Weerakkoddy, two brothers Nihal and Franklyn and several nephews and nieces.

He passed away on January 18 and the remains lie at the A.F Raymonds funeral parlor. The cremation will be on Sunday morning at Borella.

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