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Lessons from Chevron: Stanford Journal of Complex Litigation Symposium


February 8, 2013 8:30am - 5:30pm

Room 290
The ongoing litigation between Chevron and the people of Lago Agrio, Ecuador regarding alleged environmental harms raises unprecedented transnational litigation issues.  Twenty years after it was filed, the Chevron Ecuador litigation now spans three continents and concerns an $18 billion dollar judgment against Chevron—the largest award in an environmental suit to date.  Having been characterized as both “a shakedown” and “a landmark victory,” this case raises important questions about the future of transnational litigation.  
With panels on the transnational ethics, financing, discovery, and enforcement implications of the Chevron Ecuador litigation, this symposium will bring together leading scholars and practitioners from both sides of the case.  
Register the day of or in advance here.  

Schedule of Events (subject to change)

8:30 AM


(Breakfast will be provided)

9:00 AM


Nick Landsman-Roos, Editor-in-Chief

9:15 - 10:00 AM

The Plaintiffs' Perspective

A Conversation with Graham Erion (Plaintiffs' Counsel for Rainforest Communities)

Moderator: Deborah Hensler, Judge John W. Ford, Professor of Law and Dispute Resolution, Stanford Law School

10:00 - 10:45 AM

The Defense's Perspective

A Conversation with Ted Boutrous (Defense Counsel for Chevron, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher)

Moderator: Deborah Hensler, Judge John W. Ford, Professor of Law and Dispute Resolution, Stanford Law School

10:45 - 11:30 AM

The Intervenor's Perspective

A Conversation with Judith Kimerling (Professor of Political Science, Queens College)

Moderator: Deborah Hensler, Judge John W. Ford, Professor of Law and Dispute Resolution, Stanford Law School

11:30 - 11:45 AM


11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Third Party Financing of Transnational Litigation 

Moderator: Burt Neuborne, Inez Miliholland Professor of Civil Liberties, New York University; Legal Director, Brennan Center for Justice; Visiting Professor, Stanford Law School.

Martin Redish, Louis and Harriet Ancel Professor of Law and Public Policy, Northwestern University School of Law

Maya Steinitz, Associate Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law

12:45 - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 - 2:45 PM

Legal Ethics and Transnational Litigation

Moderator: Nora Freeman Engstrom, Associate Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

Morris Ratner, Associate Professor of Law, U.C. Hastings College of Law

Catherine Rogers, Paul and Marjorie Price Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law, Penn State Dickinson School of Law

Patrick Keefe, Staff Writer, The New Yorker

2:45 - 4:00 PM

Forum Non Conveniens and Judgment Enforcement

Moderator: Jenny Martinez, Professor of Law and Warren Christopher Professor in the Practice of International Law and Diplomacy, Stanford Law School

Howard Erichson, Professor of Law, Fordham University

Manuel Gomez, Associate Professor of Law, Florida International University

Christopher Whytock, Professor of Law, U.C. Irvine School of Law

4:00 - 4:15 PM Break
4:15 - 5:30 PM

International Discovery and Arbitration

Moderator: Janet Martinez, Senior Lecturer in Law; Director, Gould Negotiation and Mediation Program; and Co-Director, Gould Alternative Dispute Resolution Initiative, Stanford Law School

Michael Goldhaber, Senior International Correspondent and "Global Lawyer" Columnist for The American Lawyer and the ALM Legal Media Group

Richard Marcus, Horace O. Coil Chair in Litigation, U.C. Hastings College of Law

S.I. Strong, Associate Professor of Law, University of Missouri School of Law

5:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Matt Woleske, Editor-in-Chief