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Unveiling Chile's Constitutional Journey: Lessons and Future


Benjamín Alemparte, Luis Eugenio García-Hidrobro

Join us for a discussion with Benjamín Alemparte (Ph.D. Duke Law) and Luís Eugenio García-Hidobro (J.S.D. Yale Law), facilitated by Jorge Delgado Golusda Rotary Peace Fellow at MIDP, Duke University. Constitutional Law Researcher Benjamín Alemparte Prado and Professor Luís Eugenio García-Huidobro will discuss the tumultuous process of the writing of a new Chilean Constitution. A first attempt, which drafted a new, rights-based, post-Pinochet era constitution for Chile, was put to a mandatory national plebiscite (referred to as the 'exit plebiscite') on 4 September 2022. The proposed constitution was rejected by 62% to 38%. However, reforming the dictatorship-inherited constitution was ongoing, and many lessons have been learned along the way regarding the obstacles and opportunities entailed in undertaking rights-based constitutional reform. According to Reuters, on Nov 7, Chilean President Gabriel Boric called for a new national referendum on a second proposal to replace the country's dictatorship-era constitution. The document was finalized a week prior by a Constitutional Council charged with drafting the text and dominated by right-wing forces. A first draft to replace the constitution was dominated by left-wing forces and independents and failed. President Boric said at a ceremony in Santiago, "The plebiscite on December 17 is officially called, and I invite all our compatriots to inform themselves and participate". MODERATED BY: Catherine Admay, J.D., Sanford School of Public Policy. DUKE UNIVERSITY With: BENJAMÍN ALEMPARTE (Ph.D Duke Law). Researcher of Law, University of Chile. Consultant for the Ministry General Secretariat of the Presidency (SEGPRES) on Constitutional Issues. LUIS EUGENIO GARCÍA-HIDROBRO (J.S.D Yale Shool of Law). Research Fellow, Centro de Estudios Públicos (Chile) and Assistant Professor of Law, Catholic University of Chile. Contributor to El País newspaper.


Global, Human Rights, Humanities, Law, Lecture/Talk, Politics, South America focus