Legal Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka (1967-1976)

Ambassador of Sri Lanka (1976-1982)

Secretary General of the Iran – United States Claims Tribunal (1982-2011)

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Law of the Sea
  • International Arbitration


MCW Pinto




Selected publications

“The New Law of the Sea and the Grotian Heritage”, in Proceedings of a Commemorative Colloquium held at the Peace Palace, The Hague, on the occasion of the 400 anniversary of the birth of Hugo Grotius, T.M.C. Asser Institute, 1985.

“Droit de la mer et transfer de technologie”, in Enjeux technologiques et relations internationales, Université de Bordeaux I, Economica, Paris, 1986.

“Democratization of International Relations and Its Implications for the Development and Application of International Law”, in International Legal Issues Arising under the U.N. Decade of International Law”, proceedings of the Qatar International Law Conference, 22-25 March 1994, Martinus Nijhoff, 1995.

“Common Heritage of Mankind:  From Metaphor to Myth, and the Consequences of Constructive Ambiguity”, in Theory of International Law at the Threshhold of the 21st Century: Essays in Honour of K. Skubiszewski, J. Makarczyk, ed., Martinus Nijhof, 1996.

“Evolution of an International Arbitration Culture” in Essays in Honour of Judge Bengt Broms, Matti Tulpamäkki, Helsinki, 1999.

“Truth and Consequences or Truth and Reconciliation?  Some Thoughts on the Potential of Official Truth Commissions, in Essays in Honour of Judge Antonio Cassese, L.C. Vohrah, F. Pocar et al., eds., Kluwer Law International, 2003.

“Power and Preference:  Participation in the Making of International Law”, in Essays in Honour of Judge Gaetano Arangio-Ruiz, Vol. 1, A. Giardina and F. Lattanzi, eds., Editoriale Scientifica, 2004.

“The Common Heritage of Mankind:  Then and Now”.  Off-print from the Recueil des Cours, Vol. 361 (2013).

“Article 76 of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Bay of Bengal Exception”, Asian Journal of International Law 3 (2013), 215-233.

“What’s Wrong with International Law” in What’s Wrong with International Law, Liber Amicorum A.H.A. Soons,  Cedric Ryngaert, Eric J. Molenaar, Sarah M.H. Nouwen, eds., Brill Nijhoff 2015, 367-384.

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