Suzana Sawyer is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at UC Davis, and the author of Crude Chronicles: Indigenous Politics, Multinational Oil, and Neoliberalism in Ecuador. Professor Sawyer’s research examines struggles over resources in the Ecuadorian Amazon, focusing specifically on conflicts over land and petroleum development among forest peoples, the state, and multinational oil companies.
Julio Prieto is lawyer specializing in Environmental Law, Indigenous’ Rights and Rights of Nature. Since 2006 he has been working as litigant attorney for Ecuadorian indigenous and farmers communities fighting Chevron Corporation over oil pollution in the Ecuadorian Amazon. At this position, he was part of the team achieving an historical victory and award of more than 9,6 billion dollars. He is currently helping his clients to collect the payment from Chevron and planning the ecological restoration for more than 400.000 hectares. His experience on these efforts brought him to collaborate towards a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights. He is the author of Rights of Nature, Rationale and Jurisdictional Enforcement.