Hon.Gamini Lakshman Peiris
Peiris was born to Glanville Peiris, a diplomat who was the former Director-General of External Affairs and Ceylon’s Ambassador to West Germany and Myanmar, and Lakshmi Chandrika Peiris. His uncle was Bernard Peiris, the former Cabinet Secretary. Educated at Sri Sumangala College Panadura and S. Thomas’ College, Mt Lavinia, he entered the law faculty of the University of Ceylon, Colombo, and won the Mudliyar Edmond Peiris award. He won a Rhodes Scholarship to read for a Ph.D. at New College, Oxford and graduated in 1971. He also gained a second Ph.D. from the University of Colombo in 1974.