Sumudu Atapattu & Lalita du Perron

Bhopal Almost 30 Years On: Legal, Environmental, and Human Rights Aspects

Sumudu Atapattu and Lalita du Perron will give a brief overview of the history of the Bhopal gas dis-aster, and then zoom in on the legal and environmental issues that continue to be relevant to the case. They will also present an update on recent activism that continues to keep the disaster and its ongoing aftermath alive in the media and in popular awareness.

Sumudu Atapattu is the Associate Director of the Global Legal Studies Center at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She teaches seminar courses on “International Environmental Law” and “Climate Change, Human Rights and the Environment.” She has LLM and PhD Degrees from University of Cambridge and is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. She has published widely on issues relating to sustainable development, human rights and the environment, and climate change and her book entitled Emerging Principles of International Environmental Law was published by Transnational Publishers in 2006.

Lalita du Perron is the Associate Director of the Center for South Asia at UW-Madison. She teaches pre-modern Hindi and a first-semester class entitled Gender and Sexuality in South Asia. She also co-teaches a course on India for the Global Health Institute, and has traveled with students to Bhopal to intern at the Sambhavna Clinic. She has her PhD from SOAS at the University of London. Her research interests are music and performance, gender, and advocacy and health. Her most recent publication “The Songs of Khayal” was recently published by Manohar.