The Chevron Case in Ecuador

Wednesday April 24, 2013
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (Rubenstein 219)
Harvard Kennedy School of Government


The Chevron Case in Ecuador:
Maria Aguinda's Fight
to Bring a Major Corporation to Justice

a presentation by

Andres Snaider

Harvard Law School '91
Partner, Nextant LLC


Chris Jochnick

Director, Private Sector Department, Oxfam America

In 1962 Texaco, an American oil company, signed an agreement with the Ecuadorian state to do oil explorations in different parts of Ecuador’s Amazonian territories. For 30 years Texaco operated in these territories, including Maria Aguinda’s home town of Arajuno.

Texaco’s operations resulted in one of the worst cases of environmental damage in modern history.

This is the story of Maria Aguinda, who leads the law suit against the oil giant Chevron (current owner of Texaco), for the environmental damages its operations have caused in her native lands of Arajuno, Ecuador. Despite the odds, Maria Aguinda and her supporters have stood strong and continue the legal battle that they hope, will bring restitution.

More about the Mr. Snaider:

Andres Snaider was born in Ecuador and immigrated to US as a boy. He is multilingual and has always interested in cross border issues. He wanted to work internationally, travel, and foster development.

Snaider  graduated from UCLA, Class of 1988, with a degree in political science and international relations. He attended Harvard Law School '91.

Professionally he has been an associate at large international firm – Wilmer Hale in DC; In-house counsel to global computer company – Compaq Computer; and founded international companies. He has also been involved as litigation counsel in many complex international cases.

More about Mr. Jochnick:

Chris Jochnick is Director of Private Sector at Oxfam America. Prior to joining Oxfam, Mr. Jochnick co-founded two human rights organizations, the Center for Economic and Social Rights (NY) and the Centro de Derechos Economicos y Sociales (Ecuador), and was an attorney with the Wall Street law firm of Paul, Weiss. He was one of the original attorneys to gather evidence for the eventual litigation against Texaco in Ecuador, and co-authored a report on the human rights impacts of Texaco’s legacy. He has worked for two decades on issues of human rights, development and corporate accountability, including seven years in Latin America. Mr. Jochnick is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former fellow of the MacArthur Foundation and Echoing Green. He teaches a course on business and human rights at Harvard Law School.

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