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Sayomi Ariyawansa

Sayomi Ariyawansa

Faculty of Law


Sayomi Ariyawansa is currently a Law student at the University of Cambridge. She is completing a dissertation under the supervision of Professor Simon Deakin analysing the efficacy of the United Kingdom's Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004, and assessing it as a possible model (with or without modification) for the protection of temporary labour migrants in Australia.


Sayomi is an employment lawyer, and has also provided legal assistance to asylum seekers as a volunteer at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre as well as through a Victorian pro bono program. She has a keen interest in the intersection between labour rights and migration, especially the particular vulnerability of forced migrants to labour exploitation. Previously, Sayomi has conducted research on forced migration and human trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region for Professor Susan Kneebone (Monash University), as well as research on the Australian offshore processing regime.

Research Interests

  • Refugee status determination and resettlement in Australia and the Asia-Pacific
  • Labour migration and temporary labour migrants
  • Labour trafficking