Sumudu Anopama Atapattu is the Associate Director of the Global Legal Studies Center and Senior Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She teaches in the area of International Environmental law and her book titled “Emerging Principles of International Law” was published by Transnational Publishers, New York in 2006. She holds an LL.M. (Public International Law) and a Ph.D. (International Environmental Law) from the University of Cambridge, UK, and is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.
Sumudu 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. In 1986, she was awarded the best student prize and Sir Lalitha Rajapakse Memorial Prize by the Sri Lanka Law College, Colombo where she graduated at the top of her class. In 2000 she was awarded a Senior Fulbright scholarship and carried out research on “Environmental Rights and Human Rights” at the New York University Law School and the George Washington University Law School as a visiting scholar. From 2002-2006 she was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin Law School and was part of the adjunct faculty during that time.
From August 1995 to January 2002,Sumudu worked as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, where she taught Environmental Law and Public International Law and was instrumental in introducing a course on environmental law to the law curriculum. She also taught International Organizations for the LL.M. degree and the Public International Law component of the M.A. in International Relations course, both at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Sumudu also worked as a Senior Research Consultant to the Law and Society Trust, a human rights non-governmental organization in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She was the editor of Sri Lanka: State of Human Rights 2002 , an annual publication on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. In 2003 she was appointed the Lead Counsel for Human Rights and Poverty Eradication of the Center for International Sustainable Development Law based in Montreal, Canada. She is on the advisory board of the McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy.
Sumudu has worked on several projects as an independent consultant, and in 2001 she served on a panel of experts on liability and compensation issues for the World Health Organization’s proposed Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. She has many publications in the fields of international environmental law, environmental rights and international sustainable development law.