Lago Agrio: Argentine Supreme Court Rejects LAP Appeal
Posted on August 3, 2020
The Argentine Supreme Court has rejected, apparently without a written decision, the appeal of the Lago Agrio plaintiffs from the lower courts’ refusal to recognize the Ecuadoran judgment. I am not aware of any other enforcement proceedings pending anywhere else in the world, so it could be that this really is the end of the Lago Agrio plaintiffs’ case. But it would hardly be wise to make a firm prediction!
Does this mean the end of Letters Blogatory’s coverage of the case? Probably not. I am not keeping careful track of the blow-by-blow developments in the various proceedings that will determine Steven Donziger’s personal and professional fate, though I am sure I will write something about key developments. If there are further developments regarding Chevron’s arbitral award against Ecuador, which the Dutch courts have finally refused to vacate, I’ll cover that too. One of the forums in which the investment treaty issues is being carried out is in the Office of the US Trade Representative, which has responsibility for administering the system of trade preferences, and if you are interested in the parties’ positions, check out this transcript of the most recent hearing on the issue, which explores the parties’ positions on the finality of the award and whether Ecuador has acted in good faith in seeking to comply with it.