Professor Manuel A. Gómez recently served as a panel expert at the Constitutional Innovation, Human Rights, and Public Interest Litigation in the Global South Symposium, held at Stanford Law School on May 7, 2013.
Professor Gomez’s presentation, A Sour Battle in Lago Agrio: The Judicial Protection of the Environment and Indigenous Rights in Ecuador, addressed the implications of the Chevron-Ecuador saga in the debate on the protection of diffuse rights in Latin America and the development of structural litigation in the region.
“This case is by all measures the largest and most complex litigation involving a multinational corporation in Ecuador,” said Gómez. “Because of its notoriety, its political implications, and the high stakes involved, this litigation has rekindled an interesting debate on key issues that pertain to the litigation of complex cases in South America and the U.S. I look forward to this enriching discussion.”
Gomez’s presentation stems from his broader expertise on the two decade long litigation between Chevron and indigenous peoples of Ecuador in connection with the allegations of environmental pollution incurred by Texaco in the Ecuadorean Amazon.
Every Spring Professor Gomez teaches a Complex Litigation course centered on this case. He has also been invited to teach a similar course at the University of Iowa College of Law, has participated at several other conferences on the same topic, and has an upcoming publication that addresses it.