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Fall 2019 Berger Current Events Colloquium: 35 Years After Bhopal: Lessons Learned?

Friday, November 15, 2019 at 10:00am to 11:30am

Myron Taylor Hall, 182
Cornell Law School, Myron Taylor Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

On the night of December 2, 1984, twenty-five tons of a highly lethal gas leaked from the Union Carbine India pesticide plant in Bhopal, India. The scale of the disaster was profound. Thousands of men, women, and children were killed instantly; tens of thousands were seriously injured; and hundreds of thousands continue to suffer from long-term environmental contamination. Efforts to assign liability, compensate victims, and remediate the physical environment stretched over the ensuing decades, yet have proved largely futile.

Have we learned anything from Bhopal? This panel discussion, open to the public, will bring together experts in Indian law, transnational law, and risk management to consider Bhopal’s legacy. Have we effectively prevented future Bhopals? Are we better equipped to respond to large-scale industrial disasters when they do occur? What more should be done?

This event is co-sponsored by the Cornell India Law Center

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Law School, Science and Technology Studies, South Asia Program, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies


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Professors Maggie Gardner, Marc Galanter, Jayanth Krishnan, Sheila Jasanoff, and Sonja Schmid

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