Plurinationality and Constitutionalism: International Perspectives and Lessons for Chile / Plurinacionalidad y Constitucionalismo: Perspectivas internacionales y lecciones para Chile


Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 6:00pm

6:00 pm ET/ 7:00 pm Chile

This event is part of the Academic Forum for the New Constitution in Chile. It will be held in English and Spanish with simultaneous translation. To register, click here.

Welcoming Remarks: Steven Levitsky, Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; Professor of Government, Harvard University and Co-author, How Democracies Die
International Panelists: Sofia Cordero, Professor, School of International Relations, Institute of Higher National Studies, Ecuador; Deborah J. Yashar, Professor, Politics & International Affairs, Princeton University
Local Panelists: Salvador Millaleo, Lawyer and Academic, Critical Theory of Law, Universidad de Chile; Daniel Loewe, Professor, College of Liberal Arts, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
Moderated by: Sol Serrano, Professor Institute of History, Universidad Católica de Chile; National History Award 2018 and DRCLAS Luksic Visiting Scholar 2009

What does it mean to have a multicultural society and citizenry? Can the legal system of indigenous peoples and the Chilean state’s judicial system coexist? These and other questions are part of a vigorous public debate surrounding the role that indigenous peoples will have under the new Constitution. The introduction of plurinationality, reserved seats for indigenous peoples, territorial autonomy of certain indigenous areas, special rights for indigenous peoples, constitutional recognition of the Convention 169, and a series of other norms will give rise to a new relationship between the State and indigenous peoples. This panel offers distinct perspectives on how that relationship will be and what it means for Chilean democracy.

Sofia Cordero, PhD in Social Sciences, specialized in Political Studies from the Latin American Social Sciences Institute (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales) FLACSO, Ecuador. Lecturer at the School of International Relations of the Institute of Higher National Studies (Escuela de Relaciones Internacionales del Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales). Sofia has conducted a comparative study of the political processes of Ecuador and Bolivia since 2006. Lines of research: comparative policy, democracy and indigenous peoples, public policies for indigenous peoples.

Steven Levitsky, Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. As the David Rockefeller Professor of Latin American Studies and Professor of Government, his research focuses on democratization, authoritarianism, political parties, and weak and informal institutions. He is author (with Daniel Ziblatt) of How Democracies Die (Crown, 2018), a New York Times Best-Seller that has been published in 25 languages, Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes after the Cold War (with Lucan Way) (Cambridge, 2010), and Transforming Labor-Based Parties in Latin America: Argentine Peronism in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge, 2003), and co -editor of Informal Institutions and Democracy in Latin America (with Gretchen Helmke) and The Resurgence of the Latin American Left (with Kenneth Roberts). He has written frequently for the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Vox, The New Republic, The Monkey Cage, La República (Peru) and Folha de São Paulo (Brazil). He is currently writing a book (with Lucan Way) on the durability of revolutionary regimes. Levitsky received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Daniel Loewe, PhD in Political and Moral Philosophy, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany, 2001. Bachelor in Philosophy, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 1994. His areas of specialization are political philosophy, moral philosophy and ethics, with special emphasis on egalitarian theories, multiculturalism, liberal theories, animal ethics, environmental ethics and theories of international justice. Along with the development of numerous research projects he has worked as a researcher and visiting professor at the French National Centre for Scientific Research at Oxford University and as assistant professor at the University of Tübingen, among others. He is a member of the Research Center for Political Philosophy and the Interdepartmental Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities, both at the University of Tübingen. His most recent book is Ethics and Coronavirus, Economic Culture Fund 2020.

Salvador Millaleo, attorney at law and academic at the Critical Theory of Law class at Universidad de Chile’s School of Law, with a vast career in the study and defense of human rights and indigenous peoples. Along these lines, he recently published a book called Por una ‘vía chilena’ a la plurinacionalidad” (“A ‘Chilean Way’ to Plurinationalism”) (Catalonia, 2021) that gathers essays and columns in which a Doctor in Sociology and Advisor of the National Institute of Human Rights reflects on one of the topics of the current constitutional process: the constitutional recognition of other nations that are present in Chile.

Sol Serrano, Incumbent Professor. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Historian, MA Yale, PhD Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Specialist in political history, state-building, education and secularization, 19th and 20th century Chile. Luksic Fellow DRCLAS 2009. Vice-Dean of Investigations at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. National History Award 2018.

Deborah J. Yashar, is Professor of Politics & International Affairs at Princeton University. She was for many years the lead editor of World Politics and co-chaired (with John Ferejohn) the Advisory Committee for the Anxieties of Democracy project at the Social Science Research Project. Yashar is author of three books and coeditor of four volumes, including latest Homicidal Ecologies: Illicit Economies and Complicit States in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2018); The Inclusionary Turn in Latin American Democracies (Cambridge University Press, 2021, coedited with Diana Kapizewski and Steve Levitsky). Yashar is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University; a visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; and a fellow at the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Yashar received her doctorate in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the Princeton faculty, she was a junior faculty member at Harvard University.

In Collaboration with / En colaboración con:

Instituto de Asuntos Públicos, Universidad de Chile
Instituto Milenio Fundamentos de los Datos
Laboratorio Constitucional, Universidad Diego Portales
Facultad de Derecho, Pontificia Universidad Católica
Instituto de Ciencia Política, Facultad de Historia, Geografía y Ciencia Política, Pontificia Universidad Católica
Harvard Association of Chilean Students

Escuela de Gobierno, Pontificia Universidad Católica

Co-Sponsored by / Copatrocinado por:

Fundación Luksic Scholars