Ángel Oquendo

George J. and Helen M. England Professor of Law
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  • Transnational and Comparative Law
  • International Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Collective Suits
  • Civil Rights
  • European and Latin American Law

Ángel R. Oquendo has lectured and published extensively in five languages: English, Spanish, German, French, and Portuguese. An authority worldwide on Comparative Law and International Litigation, he has often served as expert witness before U.S. and international tribunals and as counsel to law firms, corporations, and public-interest organizations. He has authored the leading textbook on Latin American Law, used in law schools throughout the country and currently in its third edition with Foundation Press. His numerous scholarly works also include “The Politicization of Human Rights,” “Upping the Ante: Collective Litigation in Latin America,” and “Deliberative Democracy in Habermas and Nino,” which appeared, respectively, in the N.Y.U. Journal of International Law and Politics, the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, and the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies.

Professor Oquendo graduated from Yale Law School, where he acted as senior editor of the Yale Law Journal, and from Harvard University, with an AB in economics and philosophy (magna cum laude) and an MA and Ph.D. in philosophy. He clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In addition, he has received many prizes and distinctions and has been twice awarded the Fulbright-Hays Faculty Fellowship, the Brazilian Foundation for the Improvement of Higher Education (CAPES) International Visiting Professor and Scholar Grant, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Visiting Professor Fellowship, and the Chilean National Commission on Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) International Researcher Grant.

Professor Oquendo has held visiting professorships at national and international institutions, such as Berkeley Law, the Georgetown Law Center, the Free University of Berlin, the University of Hamburg, the University of Aix-en-Provence, and the Federal & State Universities of Rio de Janeiro. He has regularly participated in the Yale Latin American Seminar on Political and Constitutional Theory, the Harvard Institute for Global Law and Policy, LatCrit, Inc., the Law and Society Association, and other scholarly groups.

Ángel R. Oquendo, Latin American Law (Foundation Press, 2006, 2011, 2017)

Ángel R. Oquendo, The Politicization of Human Rights in the Inter-American System and Beyond, 50 N.Y.U. J. Internat’l L. & Pol. 1 (2017)

Ángel R. OquendoDue Process: The Right to a Hearing and to an Ample Defense (Chapter XLVI), The Oxford Handbook of Constitutional Law in Latin America (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Ángel R. OquendoJustice for All: Certifying Global Class Actions, 16 Washington U. Global Studies L. Rev. 71-124 (2017)

Ángel R. OquendoAt Rock Bottom: Puerto Rico’s Crises and Self-Determination, 41 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change (Harbinger) 253-69 (2017)

Ángel R. OquendoSix Degrees of Separation: From Derivative Suits to Shareholder Class Actions, 48 Wake Forest L. Rev. 643-72 (2013)

Ángel R. Oquendo, Upping the Ante: Collective LItigation in Latin America, 45 Colum. J. Transnat'l L. 248 (2009)

Ángel R. OquendoStraight from the Mouth of the Volcano: The Lowdown on Law, Language, and Latin@s, 83 Ind. L.J. 1481-1524 (2008)

Recent Faculty Notes
Ángel Oquendo Speaks at UC Berkeley Law Symposium
Dec 4, 2017 -

Professor Ángel Oquendo spoke at the Judicial Independence and Accountability in Latin America symposium at the University of California Berkeley School of Law on December 9, 2017, on the topic of human rights courts.

Ángel Oquendo to Speak in Rio de Janeiro
Jul 15, 2017 -

Professor Ángel Oquendo will speak at the Brazilian Academy of Constitutional Law in Rio de Janeiro on August 25 and 26, 2017. Oquendo will deliver two guest lectures entitled Human Rights: Procedural Guaranties in the course Criminal Procedure and Fundamental Guaranties.

Ángel Oquendo Speaks at Social Democracy Seminar in Ecuador
Jun 21, 2017 -

Professor Ángel Oquendo spoke at the annual Seminar in Latin America on Constitutional and Political Theory presented by Yale Law School. The seminar was held in Quito, Ecuador, from June 8 to June 11, 2017. Each year, academics from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States gather to discuss reflection papers on a set of specific themes. This year's program was entitled The Constitutional Dilemmas of Social Democracy. Oquendo was featured as a commentator on the panel Indigenous Peoples and Liberal Values.