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“Chile’s Constitutional Convention: Challenges and Triumphs”

April 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Javier Couso Salas

About the presentation: In 2019, after weeks of massive protests both peaceful and riotous, the government of Chile announced that the country would hold a constitutional convention to replace the 1980 constitution, put in place by the Pinochet military regime. The constitutional convention began its work in July of 2021, and is scheduled to complete it within a year. Professor Couso will join by Zoom to discuss the innovative work of the Convention, the challenges it faces, and the political context in which the new constitution is being written, including the context of Chile’s new president-elect, Gabriel Boric.

Presented by: Javier Couso Salas, Professor of law at the Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile, and Professor of Global Trends in Constitutionalism, University of Utrecht, Netherlands. Dr. Couso Salas is a specialist in the field of sociology of law and comparative law, with a focus on constitutional issues in Latin American countries including Chile. Discussants: Professor Alexandra Huneeus, UW-Madison Law School, and Professor Kata Beilin, LACIS Faculty Director.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Please click HERE to register to view the lecture on campus at the Law School, 975 Bascom Mall (please note that the speaker will join us via Zoom). Box lunches will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to view the lecture from another location, please click HERE to register to obtain the Zoom link.