SOAS University of London

Bhopal and the elusive quest for justice

Speaker: Salil Tripathi (Institute for Human Rights and Business)

Date: 2 December 2015Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 19 November 2015Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Seminar

This seminar will examine the history of the Bhopal gas disaster in India in 1984. At least 2,000 people died in the first few days and over the years more than 15,000 have died prematurely due to the effects of the accident. The seminar will analyse the settlement reached between India and Union Carbide in the 1980s and the quest for justice since. The relationship between the state and the corporate sector will be explored.  It will ask whether the Indian intervention was in the interest of the victims and the extent to which current international campaigning targeting Dow Chemical Corp is feasible. It will also look at the UN Guiding Principles for business and human rights and whether it can provide framework to assess likely impacts and lead to better decisions with outcomes that are positive for human rights. 

Salil TripathiSenior Advisor, Global Issues at the Institute for Human Rights & Business has long standing experience in advancing the business and human rights agenda. As a researcher at Amnesty International (1999‑2005) he participated in negotiations that created the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and represented Amnesty in the Voluntary Principles for Security and Human Rights process from its inception until 2008. As senior policy advisor at International Alert (2006-2008) he played a key role in the process that developed the Red Flags initiative. He sits on the External Citizenship Advisory Panel of Exxon. He is author of three works of non-fiction and chairs PEN International's Writers-in-Prison Committee.