Jude Fernando
Assistant Professor, Irish School of Ecumenics


Dr. Jude Lal Fernando is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of M.Phil Programme in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin.He is the Director of Trinity Centre for Post-Conflict Justice and brings praxis-based experience to the academic context in the fields of interreligious studies and international peace studies. His main research interests are religion, peace, and conflict, with a specific focus on the role of interreligious dialogue in peace-building, and ethno-nationalisms and geopolitics, focusing on Sri Lanka in particular, and Asia more generally. He has authored two books and his research has been published as journal articles and book chapters, presented at international conferences in Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Some of these have been translated into German, French, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Prior to his current appointment Dr. Fernando held a five-year research fellowship (2008-2013), conducting a comparative analysis of Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka, and examining issues in interreligious dialogue, and the emerging currents of globalisation in Europe and Asia. This fellowship was funded by the three institutes in which he teaches - The Irish School of Ecumenics (ISE Trust), Trinity College, Carlow College, and The Priory Institute, Tallaght, Ireland. As a post-graduate researcher at the Irish School of Ecumenics, his M.Phil. thesis received the James Haire Prize for best dissertation in 2004-2005, and was subsequently published as a monograph under the title A Paradigm for a Peace Movement: Thich Nhat Hanh and Martin Luther King Jr. He was awarded a post-graduate scholarship from Trinity College Dublin to continue his studies, and his doctoral research Religion, Conflict and Peace in Sri Lanka: The Politics of Interpretations of Nationhoods was published in 2013( Berlin: LIT Verlag). He is a founding member and a member of the editorial board of International Journal of Asian Christianity.

Dr. Fernando's teaching duties comprise modules and individual lectures, across the four post-graduate programmes at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin both in Dublin (International Peace Studies, Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies, and Conflict and Dispute Resolution) and Belfast (Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation). He was a visiting lecturer at Dublin City University, Tampere University in Finland, Uppsala University in Sweden, and Ritsumeikan and Sophia Universities in Japan.

Prior to his arrival in Ireland he has been a member of Tulana, the Centre for Interreligious Dialogue and Research in Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, and has been involved in Buddhist-Hindu-Christian-Muslim dialogue under the mentorship of Asian indologist and theologian, Professor Aloysius Pieris. Dr. Fernando is a founding member of two peace-building community-based journals, Kithusara (in Sinhala) and Oliyai Nokki (in Tamil) which explored potential in religions for a just peace. He was the national coordinator of the All-Ceylon Fisherfolk Trade Union, and a member of the Hiru Group, raising public awareness in Sri Lanka regarding the need for a negotiated political settlement to the ethno-nationalist conflict.In Ireland, Dr. Fernando coordinates the Irish Forum for Peace in Sri Lanka, which explores the lessons of the Irish peace process for Sri Lanka. He was also co-coordinator of the two sessions of the People's Tribunal on Sri Lanka, held at Trinity College Dublin in January 2010 and in Bremen in December 2013.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

People, Land and Empire in Asia: Geopolitics, Theological Imaginations and Islands of Peace in, editor(s)Jione Havea , Empire, Religion and Land, Minneapolis, Lexington & Fortress Academic, 2018, pp1-14 , [Jude Lal Fernando] Book Chapter, 2018

Jude Lal Fernando, Rethinking Human Security in the Korean Peninsula: Practising Just Peace, Concilium, 2018/2, (2), 2018, p1-8 Journal Article, 2018

Jude Lal Fernando, Prophetic Imagination and Empire in Asia: In Search for Peace Theologies in Korea and Japan, International Journal of Asian Christianity, 1, (1), 2018, p91 - 116 Journal Article, 2018

Jude Lal Fernando, The Political Economy of Post-War Reconstruction in Sri Lanka: Development-Security Nexus vs. Tamil Right to Self-Determination, Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, 5, (1), 2017, p21 - 48 Journal Article, 2017

'Liberating the Ethno-nationalist conflict in Sri Lanka from History: Buddhist-Christian Perspectives' in, editor(s)Elizabeth Harris and John O'Grady , History as a Challenge in Buddhism and Christianity, Munich, EOS, 2016, pp245 - 290, [Jude Lal Fernando] Book Chapter, 2016

'Loss, Memory, Hope and Identity Politics in Sri Lanka: Buddhist-Christian Perspectives' in, editor(s)John O'Grady, Cathy Higgins and Jude Lal Fernando , Mining Truths: Festschrift in Honour of Geraldine Smyth OP - Peacebuilder, Ecumenist, Dominican, Munich, EOS, 2015, pp287 - 315, [Jude Lal Fernando] Book Chapter, 2015

'2004 Tsunami: Lost Lives, and a Missed Political Opportunity: A Multiple Disaster in Sri Lanka'(in Korean) in, editor(s)Sung Chull Kim , Natural and Technological Disasters: Political Implications, Seoul, Seoul National University Press, 2015, pp181 - 215, [Jude Lal Fernando] Book Chapter, 2015

'Is Sri Lanka in a Post-war or Post-conflict Situation? The Way Forward: Regime Change of Transformation of the State?' in, editor(s)Philip Tolliday, Maria Palme and Dong-Choon Kim , Asia Pacific Between Conflict and Reconciliation, Göttingen, V&R Acadamic, 2015, pp139 - 171, [Jude Lal Fernando] Book Chapter, 2015

'Intra-Christian Dialogue, Interreligious Dialogue and Common Ethical Concerns: Can one be separated from the other?' in, editor(s)Andrew Pierce and Oliver Schuegraf , Den Blick weien: Wenn Oekumene den Religionen begegnet/Dialogue Inside-Out: Ecumenism Encounters the Religions, Leipzig, Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2014, pp99 - 120, [Jude Lal Fernando] Book Chapter, 2014

'Buddhism, Nationalism and Violence in Asia" in, editor(s)Paul Hedges , Controversies in Contemporary Religion - Education, Law, Politics, Society, and Spirituality, London, Praeger Books, 2014, pp61 - 90, [Jude Lal Fernando] Book Chapter, 2014

'The Politics of Representations of Mass Atrocity in Sri Lanka: Human Rights Discourse and Challenges to Peace Building' in, editor(s)Peter Admirand , Loss and Hope: Global, Interreligious and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, London, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2014, pp25 - 36, [Jude Lal Fernando] Book Chapter, 2014

'The Role of Christianity in Peace and Conflict in Asia' in, editor(s)Felix Wilfred , The Oxford Handbook of Christianity in Asia, New York, Oxford University Press, 2014, pp283 - 301, [Jude Lal Fernando] Book Chapter, 2014

Jude Lal Fernando, 'Negotiated Peace vs. Victor's Peace: The Geopolitics of Peace and Conflict in Sri Lanka', Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 27, (2), 2014, p206 - 225 Journal Article, 2014

Jude Lal Fernando, Religion, Conflict and Peace in Sri Lanka: The Politics of Interpretation of Nationhoods, Berlin, LIT Verlag, 2013, 1 - 362pp Book, 2013

'War by other Means: Expansion of Sinhala Buddhism into the Tamil Region in "Post-War" Īlam' in, editor(s)Peter Schalk , Buddhism among Tamils in Tamilakam and Īlam, Part 3, Extension and Conclusions, Uppsala, Uppsala University, 2013, pp175 - 238, [Jude Lal Fernando] Book Chapter, 2013

Jude Lal Fernando, 'Ecumenism in Modern and Postmodern Contexts: In Search for an Ethic of Unity and Identity', Swedish Missiological Themes (SMT), April-May, (100.1), 2012, p65 - 89 Journal Article, 2012

'Empire, Geo-Politics and Ethno-Nationalisms: Ireland, India and Sri Lanka' in, editor(s)Deana Heath and Chandana Mathur , Communalism and Globalization in South Asia and its Diaspora, London, Routeldge, 2011, pp57 - 72, [Jude Lal Fernando] Book Chapter, 2011

Jude Lal Fernando, 'Complementarity or Divide? Enhancing Difference in Buddhist-Christian Dialogue: In Search of a Just Peace in Sri Lanka', Studies in Interreligious Studies, 21, (2), 2011, p170 - 187 Journal Article, 2011

Jude Lal Fernando, 'État sri-lankais ou cinghalais', in Racsime:entre exclusion sociale et peur identitaire: Points du vue du Sud', Alternative Sud , 17, (2), 2010, p65 - 80 Journal Article, 2010

Jude Lal Fernando, 'Im Namen des Einheitsstaates... : Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) versus Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU)', Südasien , 29, (3), 2009, p46 - 50 Journal Article, 2009

Jude Lal Fernando, 'Venezuela: The Dynamics of Emerging Revolutionary Processes: The Invisible Gaining Visibility' , Vagdevi-Journal of Religious Reflections,New Series, 3, (1), 2009, p38 - 55 Journal Article, 2009

'A Crise de Identidade e de Unidade: Rumo a uma Ética Ecumenica' in, editor(s)Isabel Aparecida Felix , Teologias com sabor de Mangostã:. Ensaios em homenagem a Lieve Troch, Sao Paulo, Nhanduti Editora, 2009, pp161 - 178, [Jude Lal Fernando] Book Chapter, 2009

Jude Lal Fernando, 'Unity and Identity: Identity Building or Identification with the Other?', Believing in Community:Louvain Encounters in Systematic Theology (Lest) VI, Conference on Ecumenical Reflections on the Church, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, 7-10 November, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

'Towards a Convergence of Resistance in Sri Lanka', in, Francois Polet , The State of Resistance: Popular Struggles in the Global South, London, Zed Books, 2007, pp180 - 185, [Jude Lal Fernando] Book Chapter, 2007

'God of Plenitude and Meditation on Conscience' in, editor(s)John O'Grady and Peter Scherle , Ecumenics from the Rim: Explorations in Honour of John D'Arcy May , Munster, Lit Verlag, 2007, pp369 - 377, [Jude Lal Fernando] Book Chapter, 2007

Jude Lal Fernando, A Paradigm for a Peace Movement: Thich Nhat Hanh and Martin Luther King Jn., 1, Dublin, The Columba Press, 2007 Book, 2007

Jude Lal Fernando, 'Sri Lanka: Vers une Convergence des Résistances?', in État des Résistances dans le Sud -2007, Alternative Sud, 13, (4), 2006 Journal Article, 2006

Jude Lal Fernando, 'Religion, Peace and Violence: God of Plenitude and Meditation on Conscience', Naming and Thinking God in Europe: Theology in Global Dialogue Today, Institut de Catholique de Paris, France, 5-16 September, 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Jude Lal Fernando, 'Let us stand for Life, Lands and Peoples', in Creating a Better World with Victims of Globalisation , Logos, 41, (2-3), 2004, p113 - 120 Journal Article, 2004

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

John O'Grady, Cathy Higgins and Jude Lal Fernando , Mining Truths: Festschrift in Honour of Geraldine Smyth OP - Peacebuilder, Ecumenist, Dominican, 1, Munich, EOS, 2015, 1 - 622pp Book, 2015

Jude Lal Fernando, 'Representations of Mass Atrocity in Sri Lanka: Challenges to Justice and Recovery', The 9th Biennial Conference of International Network of Genocide Scholars, Buenos Aires, Universidad Tres de Febrero, 19-22 July, 2011, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012 URL

Jude Lal Fernando, 'Memory, Truth and Hope in Sri Lanka: Buddhist-Christian Perspectives', The 9th Conference of European Network of Buddhist-Christian Studies, Hope University, Liverpool, Britain, 30 June-04July, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Jude Lal Fernando, Buddhism as a Meaning Structure and a Political Structure: The Case of Sri Lanka, Special Seminar, Department of Theology, University of Uppsala, Sweden, 7 December, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Jude Lal Fernando, 'Los Tamiles en Sri Lanka, las mas recientes victimas del imperialismo', CEPA, 1, (10), 2010, p48 - 54 Journal Article, 2010

Jude Lal Fernando, 'Internationalising the Lessons from the Irish Peace Process: The Sri Lankan Case', The Friendly Word, Ireland's Quaker Journal , 27, (6), 2010, p3 - 4 Journal Article, 2010

Jude Lal Fernando, ( A Book Review) Subverting Global Myths: Theology and the Public Issues Shaping Our World, Vinoth Ramachandra, London, SPCK, 2008, Search: Church of Ireland Journal , 33, (1), 2010, p67 - 68 Journal Article, 2010

Jude Lal Fernando, 'Geo-politics and Ethno-nationalisms: Why Northern Ireland gets 'Resolved' and Sri Lanka doesn't', PSAI Specialist Group in Peace and Conflict, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin, 22-23 May, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Jude Lal Fernando, 'Sri Lanka: Lessons from the Irish Peace Process', Unity-Newsletter of the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin , 9, 2008, p1 - 4-5 Journal Article, 2008

Jude Lal Fernando, 'At The End of the Day...: Commemoration-Forward Thinking into the Past: International Experience (Sri Lanka)', A Report by Healing Through Remembering Sub Group , 2008, p29 - 36 Journal Article, 2008

Jude Lal Fernando, 'The Dynamics and Challenges of the Sri Lankan Civil Society in the face of the Ethno-nationalist Conflict and Neoliberalism', People's Movements from the Global South:Algeria, Bolivia, South Africa and Sri Lanka, Centre Tricontinental,University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 17 January, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Jude Lal Fernando, Agama Saha Deshapalanya: Kiyawena Boruwa Saha Nokiyawena Aththa (The English meaning of this Sinhala title is 'Religion and Politics: The Told Untruth and the Untold Truth'.)`, 1, Colombo, Hiru Group, 2004 Book, 2004

Jude Lal Fernando, 'Victims of War are Messengers of Peace', 'God-Talk in Europe in the Crucible of Cultures, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, 28 August-04 Sep, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

Jude Lal Fernando, Baibaliya Vishwasaye Haraya Vimaseema, 1, Colombo, Justice and Peace Commission of SEDEC, 1992 Book, 1992

Jude Lal Fernando (co-authored with Mahinda Namal), Sanvedi(This is a collection of narratives and their analyses from critical perspectives of the victims of all communities affected by the Lankan conflict. The English meaning of the title is 'sensitivity') Case Study,

Research Expertise


Religion, Conflict Analysis and Resolution/ Issues in Interreligious Dialogue/ Buddhism and Nationalism in Burma, Sri Lanka and Thailand/ The Role of Religions in Conflict and Peace in China, Korea and Japan Ethics of Ethno-nationalisms and Geo-politics/ Liberation Theology and Engaged Buddhism/ Conflict Dynamics and Peace Processes: Northern Ireland, Guatemala and Sri Lanka/ Human Rights and Representations of Mass Atrocities/


Asian Religions; Public Theology in a Divided Society; Religion, Conflict and Peace; Theology and Ethics in a Divided Society; Theology of Peace-building and Conflict Transformation



TCD's Representative/Member: Governing Body of Marino Institute of Education, Ireland 2015

ISE's Representative at the European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies 2013


Editorial Board ( Representative for Asia): Alternative Sud

Member: Irish Network for Studies in Buddhism

Member: International Network of Genocide Scholars

Board Member and ISE's Representative at the European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies 2013 – 2019

Member of Scientific Committee, International Peace Research Association

Convening Committee, Commission for Conflict Resolution and Peace Building, International Peace Research Association

Board Member of European Network of Buddhist-Christian Studies 2015

Founding Member and Member of Editorial Board of International Journal of Asian Christianity 2015