Webinar: The Chilean Constitutional Process- What's Next ?

- Wednesday, March 22, 2023
5:00 pm EST

In September 2022, around 62% of voters rejected a draft of a new constitution prepared by a democratically elected convention. Almost 80% of Chileans had previously voted in favor of replacing the existing constitution from 1980 in October 2020, which many interpreted as an express mandate for a new and improved constitution notwithstanding the September 2022 result. This webinar will provide updates as to what the new constitutional process entails, what are the main questions going forward and whether this new process will satisfy the interests of diverse constituents.



Jorge Barrera Rojas & Rodrigo Delaveau


Oscar Stephens

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Meet the Panelists:

Jorge Barrera-Rojas is a Chilean Law professor. He holds a Master of Law (LL.M.) with a specialization in Public Interest Law and Policy from UCLA School of Law (2017), a J.S.D. candidate at Notre Dame Law School (NDLS), and a Ph.D. in Law candidate at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (Sorbonne). In addition, he is a non-resident Fellow at the Stanford Law School Constitutional Law Center. Professor Barrera-Rojas worked for several years in the Chilean Congress and is a prominent Administrate Law and Constitutional law litigator in his country. In 2015, he was the lead attorney in a claim which finished in one of the landmark decisions delivered by the Chilean Constitutional Tribunal. That holding established that the free-tuition program for college students was unconstitutional because it discriminated against low-income students solely for attending private institutions instead of public universities. He also has led several successful lawsuits defending free speech rights, religious liberty, and educational freedoms, including the ruling that granted the exercise of abortion practice conscientious objection for Catholic hospitals that receive public funds and the holding delivered in June 2021, where the Chilean Constitutional Tribunal prioritized parents' rights to educate their children and allowed "religious sexual education" in private and public schools.

Jorge Barrera-Rojas is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Chile and the University San Sebastian, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Constitutional Justice Clinic, and International Human Rights Law, among other courses, to J.D. and LL.M. students. In addition, Prof. Barrera-Rojas has served as a board member of the Human Rights master's degree Program at the Universidad San Sebastián and as the Academic Coordinator for the Strategic Litigation on Fundamental Rights Program at the Universidad de Chile. At Notre Dame Law School, he served as Staff Editor of the Notre Dame Journal of International and Comparative Law, as a Research Assistant of Professor Nicole Garnett in Education and Comparative Law issues and taught & "International Religious Liberty" for J.D. and LL.M. students. Moreover, he served as an International Human Rights Fellow at the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief conducting desk studies and fact-finding procedures for the Special Rapporteur's reports on the rights of religious or belief minorities in situations of armed conflict or insecurity in Nigeria, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, among other countries.


Rodrigo Delaveau is one of the most prestigious voices of Chilean Public Law. He is an expert in Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Design, Economic Analysis of Public Law, Regulatory Law & Regulated Markets, Public Litigation and Constitutional Interpretation. A former Deputy Justice at the Constitutional Court of Chile and co-representative of the Court before the Venice Commission, he is now Head of Public Law Practice at Morales & Besa Law firm. Dr. Delaveau has a twenty year plus history of working in legal practice, law firms and in- house legal advising as well as public and private interest institutions, focusing his practice on expert legal opinions for both national and international clients, litigation, and foreign investment legal advisory.

Professor Rodrigo Delaveau holds JD and an LLM Degree Summa cum laude from the P. Universidad Católica de Chile, and an LLM and PhD from the University of Chicago, after been awarded with the Russell Baker Scholarship Fund for Phd studies, as well as the Coase Sandor Institute Scholarship for post- Doctorate Law & Economics Studies.

He has been recently appointed Lecturer in Law professor at the University of Chicago Law School, continuing his academic work at Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad de Chile, and Universidad de Los Andes, as well as regular lecturer in national and international seminars.


Meet the Moderator:

Oscar Stephens: Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig and President of the North American Chilean Chambe of Commerce. Oscar represents issuers, borrowers, un derwriters, arrangers, placement agents, investors and lenders in a wide variety of multi-currency financing transactions. Oscar practice focuses on advising private corporations, financial institutions, sovereign and quasi-sovereign entities on bilateral and syndicated lending, private placements and capital markets deals with a cross-border component, particularly in Latin America. He has deep experience in structures involving debtors and assets located in, and revenues originated out of, Central and South America, in diverse transactions such as asset-backed securitizations, future flow structured finance, project bonds, project finance, acquisition finance and secured/leveraged finance. Oscar has relevant experience in the energy, oil & gas, renewables, banking, financial services, construction, manufacturing, shipping, mining, and food & beverage industries. A native of Chile, Oscar conducts business in both English and Spanish and has broad experience in civil law jurisdictions throughout the Americas and legal structures used in non-recourse financing. Oscar"s bi-cultural background has allowed him to bridge differences and find common ground in complex transactions involving multiple jurisdictions.

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