SOAS University of London

LITIGATING FOR THE RIGHT TO WATER - Protest Against Coca Cola in Plachimada, Kerala

Prof. Philippe Cullet and Mr. Sujith Koonan

Date: 19 February 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 19 February 2014Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Film

Plachimada’ is a village in the State of Kerala in India, which is known for the protest and resistance by the local village government and the people against Coca Cola mainly on issues relating to over-exploitation of groundwater and environmental pollution. The dispute, currently pending before the Supreme Court of India, brings out key issues such as control over natural resources and liability of industries for damages to people and environment. 

The movie ‘1000 Days and a Dream’ looks into environmental and human rights issues caused by the Coca Cola Company in Plachimada and depicts the continuing public protest against it.  

Join us to watch '1000 Days and a Dream', followed by a discussion with Prof. Philippe Cullet and Mr. Sujith Koonan.

Philippe Cullet is the Chair of the Law Environment and Development Centre and Professor of international and environmental law at SOAS. He has done extensive works on water laws in India including the Plachimada issue.

Sujith Koonan is a PhD candidate at SOAS. He has worked with the public movement against the Coca Cola Company in Plachimada. He is a visiting research fellow at the Environmental Law Research Society (ELRS), New Delhi and a research associate at the International Environmental Law Research Centre (IELRC), Geneva.

Organiser: LEDC

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