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7 - The Legal Aftermath

An Open-Ended Conclusion

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 December 2023

Maximilian Fritz Feichtner
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Independent Scholar
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In the early 1990s, when Texaco left its operation in Ecuador behind, the metamorphosis of the Ecuadorean Amazon into a polluted resource environment came to light, attracting the interest of national and international NGOs and causing global and tedious legal aftermath: In the famous case Aguinda v. Texaco, a group of affected indigenous people and settlers sued the oil corporation to compensate for the environmental and social damage done in the Amazon – with mixed results. The final section of the book is structured in a loosely juridical fashion: starting with the discussion of the evidence – a summary of the recent history of the region and how human–nature relationships changed in the twentieth century – the conclusion problematizes the unfolding of the global legal battle and the contradicting judgments it produced. As the legal pathway appears to not offer justice to the affected people, a closing statement calls for alternative solutions to the plight of the Amazon, locally and globally.

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The Metamorphosis of the Amazon
An Environmental History of Oil Extraction in Ecuador
, pp. 181 - 206
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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