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Latin America

LATIN AMERICA (general)

Environmental Defender Law Center

Location(s): Brazil; USA (see also listing under North America)
Area(s) of law: Environment; Land rights
Representative case(s): Boliden lawsuit (re Chile)
Lawyer(s): Fernanda Venzon, [email protected]

ARGENTINA

Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS)

Location(s): Buenos Aires, Argentina, +5411 4334 4200
Area(s) of law: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Criminal Justice & Security, Social Protest, Migrants rights, and Drug Policy
Representative case(s): Investigation and lawsuits re companies and military dictatorship
Lawyer(s): Diego Morales, [email protected]

Estudio Lozano Casiraghi Buggiani

Location(s): Buenos Aires, Argentina, +5411 4953 0649
Area(s) of law: Labour law; Land rights; Inter-American system
Representative case(s):
Lawyer(s): Federico Casiraghi, [email protected]

Estudio Ojea Quintana

Location(s): Buenos Aires, Argentina, +5411 4371 1713
Area(s) of law:
Labour rights; Civil & criminal law; Human rights law
Representative case(s): Ford lawsuit (re Argentina)
Lawyer(s): Tomás Ojea Quintana, [email protected]

Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (FARN)

Location(s): Buenos Aires, Argentina, +5411 4865 1707
Area(s) of law:
Environmental law (access to information, participation, environmental damage) in varied issues such as: watershed management and pollution, extractive activities, biodiversity protection, climate and energy 
Representative case(s): Matanza Riachuelo lawsuit (re Argentina)
Lawyer(s): [email protected]

BOLIVIA

CEDLA

Location(s): La Paz, Bolivia, +591 79153605
Area(s) of law: Labour law; Land rights; Indigenous peoples’ rights; Inter-American system
Representative case(s): Indigenous peoples affected by dam & road constructions in the Amazon region
Lawyer(s): Rubén Pinto Vargas, [email protected]

FOBOMADE

Location(s): La Paz, Bolivia, +591 2315059
Area(s) of law: Labour law; Land rights; Indigenous peoples’ rights; Environmental rights
Representative case(s)
Lawyer(s): Rubén Pinto Vargas, [email protected][email protected]

Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA)

Location(s): Cochabamba, Bolivia
Area(s) of law: Environmental law, Fracking
Representative case(s):
Lawyer(s): Ariel Pérez Castellón, [email protected]

[see also entries for Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru]

BRAZIL

Conectas

Location(s):  São Paulo, Brazil, +55 11 3884 7440
Area(s) of law:
Human rights & financial institutions; Forced labour; Modern slavery
Representative case(s):
Lawyer(s): Caio Borges, [email protected]

Justiça nos Trilhos

Location(s): Açailândia, Maranhão, Brazil, +55 99 35380901
Area(s) of law:
Environment; Land Rights; Indigenous peoples
Representative case(s): Lawsuits against Vale, associated companies & state actors over abuses associated with the Carajás mining project in Brazil's Amazon region
Lawyer(s): Danilo Chammas, [email protected] 

CHILE

Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA)

Location(s): Santiago, Chile
Area(s) of law: Environmental law, international financial institutions
Representative case(s):
Lawyer(s): Florencia Ortúzar, [email protected]

[see also entries for Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru]

Observatorio Ciudadano

Location(s): Santiago de Chile, Chile, +56 (45) 2213963
Area(s) of law: Labour law; Land rights; Inter-American system
Representative case(s)Indigenous peoples affected by dam & road constructions in the Amazon region
Lawyer(s): José Aylwin, [email protected]; Felipe Guerra, [email protected]

COLOMBIA

Alirio Uribe Muñoz

Location(s): Bogotá, Colombia, +57 312 587 49 58, +57 382 44 84
Area(s) of Law: Criminal law; Labour rights; Human rights
Lawyer(s): Alirio Uribe Muñoz, [email protected]

Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo - CAJAR

Location(s): Calle 16 No. 6-66 Piso 25, Bogota, Colombia, +57 1 7421313 / +57 3143750761 / +57 312 5874958
Area(s) of law: Human rights law; economic, social and cultural rights; peace and armed conflict
Representative case(s): 
Lawyer(s): Luis Carlos Montenegro Almeida, [email protected]; Rosa María Mateus Parra, [email protected]; Alirio Uribe Muñoz, [email protected] 

Dejusticia

Location(s): Bogotá, Colombia, +571 6083605
Area(s) of Law: Indigenous peoples; Environment
Representative case(s):
Lawyer(s): Carlos Andrés Baquero Díaz, [email protected]

Francisco Ramirez

Location(s): Bogotá, Colombia, +57 317 3478695 / +57 3505362
Area(s) of Law: International law; Labour rights; Human rights
Representative case(s):
Lawyer(s): Francisco Ramirez Cuellar, [email protected]

Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA)

Location(s): Bogota, Colombia, +57 1 232 4246
Area(s) of law: Environmental law, Human rights law
Representative case(s)
Lawyer(s): Carlos Lozano Acosta,  [email protected]; Héctor Herrera Santoyo, [email protected]

[see also entries for Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru]

COSTA RICA

Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA)

Location(s): San José, +506 2283 7080
Area(s) of law: Environmental law, Marine protection
Representative case(s):
Lawyer(s): Haydée Rodríguez: [email protected]; Gladys Martínez, [email protected]

[see also entries for Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru]

ECUADOR

Fromboliere Abogados

Location(s): Quito, Ecuador, +593 0993977811
Area(s) of law:
Environment; Human rights
Representative case(s): Texaco/Chevron lawsuits (re Ecuador)
Lawyer(s): Pablo Fajardo Mendoza, [email protected]

Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador

Location(s): Quito, Ecuador, +593 2 2991700 ext. 1427
Area(s) of law: Environment; Human rights
Representative case(s): Lawsuit by Kichwa indigenous people of Sarayaku against Ecuador (re oil concession)
Lawyer(s): Mario Melo Cevallos, [email protected]

MEXICO

Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA)

Location(s): Mexico City, +52 55 5212 0141
Area(s) of law: Environmental law, Human rights, Climate change
Representative case(s):
Lawyer(s): Astrid Puentes, [email protected]; Andrea Rodriguez, [email protected]; Haydée Rodríguez: [email protected]; Gladys Martínez,[email protected]

[see also entries for Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru]

PERU

Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA)

 Location(s): Lima, Peru
Area(s) of law: Environmental law, Human rights law
Representative case(s):
Lawyer(s): María José Veramendi Villa, [email protected]

[see also entries for Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico]