Sumudu Atapattu

Director of Research and Senior Lecturer, UW-Madison Law School

Sumudu Anopama Atapattu is the director of research centers and a senior lecturer at the UW-Madison Law School. She teaches in the area of international environmental law, climate change, and human rights. She holds an LLM (public international law) and a PhD (international environmental law) from the University of Cambridge, U.K., and is an attorney-at-law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.

Her books include:

  • “Human Rights Approaches to Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities” (2015, Routledge, U.K)
  • “International Environmental Law and the Global South” (2015, Cambridge University Press) (co-editor)
  • “Emerging Principles of International Environmental Law” (2006, Transnational Publishers, New York)

She is affiliated with UW-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Global Health Institute, the Center for South Asia, and the 4W Initiative and was a visiting professor at Doshisha University Law School, Japan, in summer 2014 and Giessen University, Germany in summer 2016. She is also the executive director of the Human Rights Program at UW-Madison.