Join us for a discussion with Professor Alvez facilitated by Dr Jackie Dugard (senior lecturer at ISHR, and sister iSERP member)
Amaya Alvez Marín is a Law Professor in the Faculty of Legal and Social Sciences at the University of Concepción in Chile, where she focuses on Constitutional Law and Human Rights. She is also a member of the University of Northeastern Law School’s International Socio-Economic Rights Project (iSERP).
Between 2021 and 2022, Professor Alvez (who is of Mapuche heritage) was an elected member of the Constituent Assembly that drafted a new, rights-based, post-Pinochet era constitution for Chile. The proposed constitution was put to a mandatory national plebiscite (referred to as the ‘exit plebiscite’) on 4 September 2022. Devastatingly for many involved in the drafting, the proposed constitution was rejected (by a vote of 62% to 38%). However, the process to reform the dictatorship-inherited constitution is ongoing, and many lessons have been learned along the way regarding the obstacles and opportunities entailed in undertaking rights-based constitutional reform.
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