Chilean Constitutional Forum Day

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Chilean Constitutional Forum Day

October 6, DRCLAS will host an in-person conference on the past and future of Chile's constitutional process.

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CGIS South (Concourse Level- Rooms S030 & S020), Harvard University. 1730 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02138

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About this event

Chile's constitutional process has been closely followed across the world. The reform offered Chile a potential path out of its deep crisis of legitimacy and gave Chileans an opportunity to build a more inclusive, participatory, and responsive system. Chileans elected a highly inclusive constituent assembly. However, the absence of a broad societal consensus around the draft constitution that emerged has resulted in much uncertainty about the future. Since December 2020, DRCLAS and its Chile Regional Office has run an academic dialogue on Chile's constitutional reform process, consisting of 11 webinars with 51 national and international speakers and more than 1600 attendees from 60 countries.

October 6, DRCLAS will host an in-person conference on the past and future of Chile's constitutional process. The half-day conference will include PATRICIO FERNANDEZ CHADWICK, journalist and writer, former member of the Chilean Constitutional Convention; XIMENA RINCON, Senator Maule Region; RODRIGO VERGARA Senior Researcher CEP, Fmr. President Central Bank, Chile and Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government; DAVID LANDAU, Dean for International Programs, and Mason Ladd Professor of Law and Associate, Florida State University, and prominent constitutional scholar MARK TUSHNET (William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Emeritus at Harvard University). The conference will also feature special guests from the Forum's Advisory Committee Members, including SOL SERRANO, CLAUDIO FUENTES, CRISTIÁN RODRÍGUEZ; as well as the leaders of the Harvard Chile Student Association. The initiative is led by STEVEN LEVITSKY, Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and Professor of Government, Harvard University.

• First Panel: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm ET

Student Reflections: Harvard Association of Chilean Students

Pablo Andrés Eguiguren, dual joint degree, MPAID-MBA, Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Business School

María Elisa Zavala Achurra, Associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Moderated by: Claudia Bobadilla, ALI Fellow 2022, Founder Puente Social Foundation,

• Second Panel: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET

Academic Reflections: Advisory Committee Members from the Academic Forum for the New Constitution in Chile

Claudio Fuentes, Professor, Political Science, Universidad Diego Portales

Cristián Rodríguez-Chiffelle, DRCLAS Luksic Visiting Scholar 2022-2023

Sol Serrano, Professor Institute of History, Universidad Católica de Chile

Discussant: Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Emeritus at Harvard University

Moderated by: Steven Levitsky, Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and Professor of Government, Harvard University

• Third panel: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm ET

Institutional Reflections

Patricio Fernández Chadwick, journalist and writer, former member of the Chilean Constitutional Convention

Ximena Rincón, Senator of Chile

Rodrigo Vergara, Senior Researcher CEP, Fmr. President Central Bank, Chile and Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government

Discussant: David Landau, Dean for International Programs, and Mason Ladd Professor of Law and Associate, Florida State University

Moderated by: Steven Levitsky, Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and Professor of Government, Harvard University

This event is not going to be streamed.