About the event 

As demonstrated by Australia's referendum on a First Nations Voice, transformative constitutional change is often a central objective of progressive social and political movements. This conversation will bring into sharp relief the often profound socioeconomic, political and technological challenges faced by constitutional reform processes around the world, focusing especially on the Global South. The discussion will feature scholars and participants involved in the ongoing processes of constitutional reform in Chile, which aim to replace the country's 1980 Constitution drafted by the regime of Augusto Pinochet.

About the speakers 

Professor Amaya Alvez Marín

Dr Amaya Alvez Marín is a Full Professor of the Department of Public Law and the Department of History and Philosophy of Law at the University of Concepción, Chile. She was visiting scholar at Osgoode Hall Law School (2022), visiting professor at the Law School at the University of Windsor in Ontario (2018–2019) and professor at the Summer School of the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia (2023). Her international collaboration networks are mainly with the Institute for Global Law and Policy of Harvard University and also critical scholars working in international law. Her main research areas are theory of law, comparative constitutional law, international human rights law as a source of internal constitutional order and constitutional justice, with special reference to rights collisions. In addition, her research focuses on Indigenous peoples and their ancestral rights over water and land. Her latest publications include 'Fuentes Normativas y Desarrollo Jurisprudencial del Derecho Humano al Agua en América Latina' (2023) International Journal of Constitutional Law and 'Water Commons as a Socioenvironmental Project for the 21st Century in Chile' (2023) 25(2) Water Policy 116.

Professor Luis Eslava

Luis Eslava is Research Professor of International Law at La Trobe University and Professor of International Law at the University of Kent. He served as a Legislative Advisor during the 2021-2022 Chilean Constitutional Convention. He is the author of Local Space, Global Life: The Everyday Operation of International Law and Development (2015), and coeditor of Bandung, Global History and International Law: Critical Pasts, Pending Futures (2017) and the Oxford Handbook on International Law and Development (2023).

Associate Professor Domingo Lovera-Parmo

Domingo Lovera-Parmo is Associate Professor of Law at Universidad Diego Portales (Chile). He holds an LLM from Columbia University (2007) and a PhD from Osgoode Hall Law School (2016). His research focuses on the right to protest, social rights and constitutional rights of children. He teaches constitutional law at Universidad Diego Portales, where he is also researcher for the Public Law Program. His latest publications include 'Human Rights, Poverty and Mobilization' in Research Handbook on Human Rights and Poverty (2021), 'Chile' in The Oxford Handbook of Constitutional Law in Latin America (2021) and 'Protesting Without a Face: Privacy in Public Demonstrations' 30(2) (2023) Constellations 179. He is currently serving as member of the Expert Committee of the Chilean Constituent Process.



Level 3, Forgan Smith Building, The University of Queensland, St Lucia and Online via Zoom
Law School Board Room (W353)