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 five languages: English, Spanish, German, French, and Portuguese. An authority worldwide on comparative law and international litigation, he has often served as an 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 second edition with Foundation Press. His numerous scholarly works also include “Upping the Ante: Collective Litigation in Latin America” and “Deliberative Democracy in Habermas and Nino,” which appeared, respectively, in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and in the Oxford Journal 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 A.B. in economics and philosophy (magna cum laude) and an M.A. 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, The Politicization of Human Rights, Yale Latin American Seminar on Constitutional and Political Theory (2013)

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

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

Ángel R. Oquendo, The Solitude of Latin America: The Struggle for Rights South of the Border, 43 Tex. Int'l L.J. 185 (2008)

Ángel R. Oquendo, Deliberative Democracy in Habermas and Nino, 22 Oxford J. Legal Stud. 189 (2002)