Ángel Oquendo

George J. and Helen M. England Professor of Law
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Office: Chase 312


  • 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 the United States and abroad. An authority worldwide on comparative law and international litigation, he has often served as an expert witness before U.S. and supranational tribunals and as counsel to law firms, corporations, and public-interest organizations. Currently in its third edition with Foundation Press, his textbook, Latin American Law, has been used in law schools throughout the country and overseas. Cambridge University Press will feature his forthcoming legal and philosophical book From Human Rights Principles to Politics in the Americas and Beyond (2020) in the series Globalization and Human Rights.

Professor Oquendo graduated with a JD from Yale University, where he was a 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 served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has received many prizes and distinctions, including the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Legal Theory Studies most recently, the Fulbright-Hays Faculty Fellowship, the Brazilian Foundation for the Improvement of Higher Education  International Visiting Professor and Scholar Grant, the German Academic Exchange Service  Guest Faculty Fellowship, and the Chilean National Commission on Scientific and Technological Research International Researcher Grant.

Professor Oquendo has held visiting professorships at Berkeley Law School; the Georgetown Law Center; the Free University of Berlin; the Universities of Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Aix-en-Provence; and the Federal and State Universities of Rio de Janeiro. He has regularly participated in meetings of 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. 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, 2021)

Ángel R. Oquendo, Down the Final Stretch: State Societal Settlements’ Res Judicata Repercussions, 18 Wash. U. Global Studies L. Rev. 1-54 (2019)

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. 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
Angel Oquendo Receives Fulbright Award
Oct 20, 2020 -

Professor Angel Oquendo has been conferred a distinguished chair in legal theory studies from the Fulbright Foundation for 2020. The Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards comprise approximately 40 distinguished lecturing and research awards. Oquendo had previously received a Fulbright Hays Research Abroad Award.