A very interesting article by Justin Frewen, “The Lessons of Bhopal and BP” (September 5, 2010) is worth mentioning as it is relates to a note on international corporate liability published recently on the Law Notepad.

In 1984 as Frewen recalls, a major incident stroke Bhopal when a gas leak killed thousands of people and injured hundreds of thousands more.

As the author of the article perfectly summarises,

“This disaster had a devastating legacy on Bhopal. In addition to the immediate deaths and destruction of the environment, the surrounding soil and waters remain contaminated by Union Carbide’s chemical waste. This has given rise to genetic deformities, cancer and congenital health problems, as well as many painful premature fatalities. An Amnesty International report estimated that by 2004 the total death toll had risen to 22,000”.

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