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Sumudu Atapattu

Sumudu Atapattu

Expert on link between environmental issues and human rights, climate change, international environmental law, sustainable development, environmental justice

Director, Research Centers, UW Law School Law School Work: 608-890-1395 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • I study how environmental issues implicate human rights, and the emerging right to a healthy environment under international law and in South Asia
  • I study the impact of climate change on a range of human rights, climate "refugees," and climate change and small island states
  • I study environmental justice, social pillar of sustainable development, sustainable development goals, and international environmental law from the North-South perspective


  • Lead counsel for human rights at the Center for International Sustainable Development Law, Montreal, Canada
  • Consultant to the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Sweden, teaching courses on environmental rights
  • Published book titled "Human Rights Approaches to Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities (Routledge, 2016)