Manuel A. Gómez, associate professor at Florida International University College of Law, was recently invited to present at the “Lessons from Chevron: Stanford Journal of Complex Litigation Symposium.” The symposium, sponsored by Stanford Law School, was held on Feb. 8, 2013.
With a series of panels, the symposium brought together leading scholars and practitioners to discuss the ongoing litigation between Chevron and the people of Lago Agrio, Ecuador regarding alleged environmental harms. Having been characterized as both “a shakedown” and “a landmark victory,” this case raises important questions about the future of transnational litigation.
As part of a panel about forum non conveniens and judgment enforcement, Professor Gómez discussed the efforts to enforce an USD$18 billion judgment issued by an Ecuadorean court, in Argentina, Brazil and potentially other Latin American jurisdictions.
“My presentation referred to the procedural steps routinely required by the national laws of the enforcing jurisdiction, the treaty obligations assumed by the nations involved, the statutory defenses allowed to the parties, and the litigation strategies employed by counsel to effectively assist or impede the judgment from being fulfilled,” he said.
Professor Gómez teaches international and comparative law, as well as complex and transnational litigation-related courses at the FIU College of Law. Before joining FIU Law, Professor Gómez was a Lecturer in Law and a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School, where he had academic responsibility for the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies. He has also served as expert in domestic and international arbitration proceedings, as well as in court proceedings involving foreign parties in the U.S.