María Inés Horvitz
Project: Comparative Study of the US and Chilean Criminal Procedure Systems: Assessment of a Reform Fifteen Years Later
Since 2006, María Inés Horvitz-Lennon has been a senior lawyer at the State Defense Council of Chile overseeing over four hundred annual criminal cases leveled against public officials accused of committing crimes such as bribery, embezzlement, and public fraud among others. She is also Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at the Law School of the University of Chile, in Santiago. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, since 2000 she has been the Director of the Justice Studies Center at the Law School, conducting scholarly research largely focused on the Chilean criminal judicial system, including the performance of the new adversarial criminal justice system for adults and juveniles implemented in Chile in 1999, the judicial structure and its governance, and the conditions inside prisons and outcomes of incarceration as a rationale for prison reform. She was a member of a highly selective technical committee that drafted the bills that were part of the criminal procedure reform undertaken by Chile. Horvitz-Lennon is co-author of the two-volume textbook about the new criminal justice system in Chile. She earned a PhD in Criminal Law at the Universidad Autónoma of Barcelona in 1989, and completed post-doctoral training at the Max-Planck-Institute for Criminal Sciences in Freiburg, Germany.