Sumudu Atapattu

Credentials: Director

Position title: Law School Research Centers


Phone: 608-890-1395

Room 6218, Law School

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Sumudu Atapattu

Sumudu teaches in the area of International Environmental law and climate change and human rights . She holds an LL.M. (Public International Law) and a Ph.D. (International Environmental Law) from the University of Cambridge, U.K., and is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.  She has many publications in the fields of international environmental law, environmental rights and international sustainable development law and is particularly interested in the link between human rights and the environment, especially, climate change. She is affiliated with UW-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Center for South Asia, and the 4W Initiative. She also coordinates the Human Rights Program at UW-Madison. Ms. Atapattu has received numerous awards and scholarships for academic excellence, including a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholarship and a Benefactor Studentship awarded by St. John’s College, Cambridge. Ms. Atapattu has worked on several projects as an independent consultant and attended experts consultations on human rights and the environment organized by the UN and the World Health Organization.