Legal Director at EarthRights International
Marco Simons is the Legal Director at EarthRights International (ERI), a nongovernmental organization dedicated to protection of human rights and the environment worldwide. Marco oversees ERI’s Legal Program, which aims to hold corporations and other actors accountable for human rights and environmental abuses. Marco has represented victims of abuse in several transnational human rights cases in U.S. courts, including the Alien Tort Statute cases Doe v. Unocal, Wiwa v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. (Shell), Bowoto v. Chevron, and Doe v. Chiquita. He has co-authored numerous amicus briefs for ERI, including four briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court. Marco also directs ERI’s efforts to enhance accountability at the international level and to increase legal support for the protection of human rights and the environment in the Mekong basin and the Amazon region.
Marco is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he received the Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights to work with ERI. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Dorothy Wright Nelson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Before returning to ERI, he worked on Doe v. Unocal and Bowoto v. Chevron at Hadsell & Stormer, a Pasadena civil rights law firm. He also served as Communications Director for the campaign of Ro Khanna for U.S. Congress in California’s 12th District, and has taught human rights law at Occidental College and at the Washington College of Law. Marco holds an undergraduate degree in environmental science. He is currently admitted to practice in California, Washington D.C., and Washington State, as well as federal courts including the Supreme Court.