Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne was appointed as the Secretary
to the Ministry of Defence on 04th July 2017 by His Excellency the
President and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Prior to his appointment Mr.
Waidyaratne worked as a Senior Additional Solicitor General of the
Attorney General’s Department of Sri Lanka.
Being a prominent past pupil of the prestigious St. Thomas’ College - Mount Lavinia, Mr. Waidyaratne received multiple awards during his
school career including the Victoria Gold Medal for his outstanding
performance in both academics and sports. He obtained a Bachelor’s
Degree in Arts with a specialization in Economics and Master’s Degree in
International Relations from the University of Colombo.
Following his legal studies at Sri Lanka Law College, Mr. Waidyaratne
was also enrolled as an Attorney of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in
the year 1982. He is also a solicitor for Wales and the United Kingdom.
In the year 1983, Mr. Waidyaratne joined the Attorney General’s
Department as a State Counsel and was promoted to the position of Senior
State Counsel in the year 1994. He was elevated to the position Deputy
Solicitor General in the year 2005 and an Additional Solicitor General
in the year 2014.
Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne was appointed as a President’s Counsel of the
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in the year 2015 for his
unblemished service record and his noteworthy contribution to the Legal
Profession of Sri Lanka.
During his career at the Attorney General’s Department, Mr. Waidyaratne
was involved in a number of complex and controversial criminal
prosecutions in the country. He also headed the Criminal Division of the
Attorney General’s Department and has provided supervision in areas such
as human trafficking, migration, bribery and corruption, money
laundering etc. He has advised the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and
related institutions on various legal issues, related to criminal and
civil matters. Mr. Waidyaratne has been a member of the National
Committee – UNCAC Review, Legal Consultant to the Financial Intelligence
Unit in the Central Bank of Sri Lanka from 2010 – 2011 and a visiting
lecturer on Migration Studies (Diploma Courses) at the Bandaranaike
Centre for International Studies. He is also a life member of the Sri
Lanka Bar Association and was member of the Environmental Law Review
Committee under the Central Environmental Authority of Sri Lanka. His
professional affiliations extend to institutions such as the
Medico-Legal Society and the Asia Crime Prevention Foundation of Sri
Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne also served as a Prosecutor and a Trial Attorney
at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Former
Yugoslavia (ICTY) from the year 1998-2003. He has acted as a resource
person for the International Labour Organization, the International
Organization for Migration in Sri Lanka and Australia - Sri Lanka Mutual
Legal Assistance programme.
Mr. Waidyaratne has attended a number of international conferences
including the Bali Process on People Smuggling and Trafficking and
related Transnational Crimes, 2011 Ad hoc Group Senior Officials Meeting
held in Sydney, 2003 Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Group on Money
Laundering held in Macau and in the People’s Republic of China, the 2004
Commonwealth Workshop on Capacity Building in Combatting Terrorism held
in Singapore and the 2005 South Asian Regional Conference on Detecting
and Preventing Terrorist Financing held in Colombo.