The Constitutional Process in Chile – What does it mean for a democracy in times of crisis?

27 September 2021

What does a new constitutional process mean for a democracy that finds itself in crisis?

RSVP here
27 September 2021
16.00 CET
  • The Institute of Local Governments (IGLO)
  • The Universidad Abierta de Recoleta (UAR)
October 18th, 2019, marked a milestone in Chile’s future. After almost three decades of consecutive governments that simply managed the economic and political models inherited from the civic-military dictatorship (1973-1990), that day High School students lead and called upon Chileans to take a stand against the model behind decades of unsustainable levels of arbitrariness and poverty; job insecurity; market lead education, health and pension systems; and unbridled corruption among politicians, public institutions and private enterprise.
The October 25th, 2020, plebiscite showed that more than 80% of the Chilean population wanted to bury Augusto Pinochet’s 1980 Constitution, and on the 15th and 16th of May this year, voters chose the members of the Constitutional Assembly that would take on that task.When the Constitutional Assembly officially convened this past July 4th, further steps were taken towards what will be an equal, inclusive and democratic Magna Carta for Chile.
What does a new constitutional process mean for a democracy that finds itself in crisis?
This international seminar will address the political importance of a new constitutional process. It will look at the importance of a new constitution for a country, and that it is possible for a democracy in a state of social and political turmoil to draft a new charter of governing rules. The reasons behind why Chile finds itself in this position will also be analyzed, plus what it means for its citizens, and in particular, the leading role independents have taken in the Constitutional Assembly, instead of the country’s traditional political elite. The experiences lived by Bolivia and Ecuador will also be looked into, as both countries went through similar processes in 2006 and 2007, respectively.

4pm (CET) - 27 September 2021

(Simultaneous interpretation will be ensured in English and Spanish)



Christian Reyes
Academic Director of the Universidad Abierta de Recoleta


Jaime Bassa
Vice President of the Constitutional Convention
Convention member for District 7
(Algarrobo, Cartagena, Casablanca, Concón, El Quiso, El Tabo, Rapa Nui, Juan Fernández, San Antonio, Santo Domingo, Valparaíso y Viña del Mar)
Constitutionalist lawyer, with studies at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, a master’s in Public Law from the Universidad de Chile and a doctor of law from the Universidad de Barcelona.
Beatriz Sánchez
Convention member for District  12
(La Florida, La Pintana, Pirque, Puente Alto, San José de Maipo)
Journalist and Chilean politician. She was the presidential candidate for the Frente Amplio coalition during the 2017 election, and reached third place with more than 20% of the vote. 


María Augusta Calle
Journalist and Ecuadorian politician. She was a member of the Constitutional Assembly in Ecuador from 2007 to 2008, and a legislator for the Alianza PAIS movement for 2 periods during Rafael Correa’s presidency. From 2017 to 2019 she represented Ecuador in Cuba.
 This event is organised by Transnational Institute, The Institute of Local Governments (IGLO), and The Universidad Abierta de Recoleta (UAR)