Dr. J. M. Swaminathan holds LLB (Ceylon), LLM, M. Phil. (Colombo and LLD (Honoris Causa) Degrees and is an Attorney-at-Law. He has been in the legal profession for over 50 years. He is a Member of the Law Commission of Sri Lanka and Former Member of the Council of Legal Education. He is also a Member of the Company Law Advisory Commission and Chairman of the Intellectual Property Law Advisory Commission.
He was a Member of the Board of the Faculty of Law of the University of Colombo. He also serves as a Member of the Legal Cluster of the National Council for Economic Development and the Financial Services Stability Committee of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.
He is a Visiting Lecturer and an Examiner at the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo and was a Lecturer at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Unit of the Sri Lanka Law College and was also a Faculty Member for the LLM Courses of the University of Wales and LLM Colombo and serves on the Boards of several public and private companies. He is also a member of the Council of the University of Colombo.