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 Lanka.
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 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.