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November 17, 2009

Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law to host roundtable discussion on Chevron litigation in Ecuador on November 20, 2009

The University of Texas School of Law's Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law will host a roundtable discussion about the ongoing litigation against Chevron in Ecuador, which has made headlines around the world because of the enormous size of the potential verdict (as high as $27 billion) and alleged misconduct by the Ecuadorian judge in the case. Doak Bishop, one of the lead counsels for Chevron, will discuss the case and the recent arbitration claims filed by Chevron. Dr. Kurt Weyland, professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin, will discuss the rise of populism in Latin America and its implications for natural resource management. The discussion, "Environmental Contamination in the Amazon and the Chevron-Ecuador Litigation: Implications for the Rule of Law and Indigenous Rights," will take place Friday, November 20, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in TNH 2.123 at the Law School.

Bishop is a litigation partner with King & Spalding in Houston and a member of the firm's Latin American Practice Group. He has over twenty-seven years experience focusing on international arbitration and litigation of oil and gas, energy, construction, and environmental disputes. He has developed a national reputation for his experience in international arbitration, serving both as an arbitrator and counsel in large business disputes. Bishop is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has served as vice chair of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration since 1990 and as a member of the U.S. delegation to the NAFTA Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes. He has previously served as chair of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas (1998) and cochair of the American Bar Association International Litigation Committee (1998–1999). His experience in litigation and arbitration includes: international litigation and arbitration; oil and gas and energy disputes; construction disputes; environmental disputes; and high technology disputes.

Bishop received his BA with high honors and departmental distinction from Southern Methodist University in 1973, and his JD with honors from the Law School in 1976, where he served as research editor of the Texas Law Review.

Weyland is the Lozano Long Professor of Latin American Politics in the Government Department at the University of Texas at Austin. Weyland's research interests focus on democratization, market reform, social policy and policy diffusion, and populism in Latin America. He has drawn on a range of theoretical and methodological approaches, including insights from cognitive psychology, and has done extensive field research in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Peru, and Venezuela. After receiving a Staatsexamen from Johannes-Gutenberg Universitat Mainz in 1984, an MA from UT in 1986, and a PhD from Stanford University in 1991, he taught for ten years at Vanderbilt University. He has received research support from the Social Science Research Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., in 1999-2000 and at the Kellogg Institute, University of Notre Dame, in 2004-2005. From 2001 to 2004, he served as associate editor of the Latin American Research Review.

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