Chileans recently voted to rewrite their constitution to replace the one produced in 1980 during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. A Constitutional Assembly made up of elected citizen delegates is taking on this task in a process characterized by widespread citizen involvement through referendums and other forms of participation. This Assembly was also formed with a requirement of gender parity and representation for Chile’s indigenous populations.
How is this contemporary constitutional convention process unfolding? What challenges have reformers faced? How will this process impact Latin America, and what might it mean more broadly for the future of constitutionalism?
Join us for a conversation with constitutional theorist Camila Vergara, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at Cambridge University, and Thomas Klubock, Professor of History at UVA and expert in Chilean history, for a discussion of the Chilean constitutional reform effort.