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Mr Athula Pathinayake



Lecturer (Clinical)


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Law


Melbourne Burwood Campus



Athula is Executive Director of Deakin Law School's Centre on the Legal Profession and is the Principal Lawyer in his own practice. As an both academic and a practicing lawyer, Athula is well-respected for his specialist knowledge and practice in the areas of commercial and corporations law, as well as migration and refugee law.

His depth of knowledge has been acquired through over 35 years in his field, having practiced and worked as a lawyer in Australia, Sri Lanka and as an academic in Australia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, China, Indonesia and Malaysia. This adds an international perspective to his teaching and his work.

He has built an impressive network who ocassionally assist in Deakin Projects.

Both students and clients find him an invaluable source of assistance.

Athula's qualifications include an LL.M (University of Sydney), MBA (Universtiy of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka), and a Master of Professional Education and training (Deakin University). He also gained attorney at Law at Sri Lanka Law College, a Grad. Dip from the Leo Cusson Institute, Victoria and a Diploma in International Affairs at BCIS, Colombo Sri Lanka.

He is currently reading for his Doctor of Philsosphy on Seeking Alternatives to Prison; Persuing Evidence-Based Sentencing and Applying Technology to Criminal-Based Sanctions.

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Jail up; crime down does not justify Australia becoming an incarceration nation

M Bagaric, A Pathinayake

(2015), Vol. 40, pp. 64-96, Australian bar review, Sydney, N.S.W., C1


The paradox of parity in sentencing in Australia: the pursuit of equal justice that highlights the futility of consistency in sentencing

M Bagaric, A Pathinayake

(2013), Vol. 77, pp. 399-416, The journal of criminal law, Dalby, Isle of Man, C1


Mandatory harsh penalties for people smugglers in Australia : time for reform?

M Bagaric, A Pathinayake

(2012), Vol. 76, pp. 493-511, Journal of criminal law, Isle of Man, England, C1


The fallacy of general deterrence and the futility of imprisoning offenders for tax fraud

M Bagaric, T Alexander, A Pathinayake

(2011), Vol. 26, pp. 511-540, Australian tax forum, Sydney N.S.W., C1


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