An Ecological and Feminist Constitution: Lessons from the Chilean Constitutional Convention 2021-2022
Talk and Roundtable Chat with Graduate Students on Law & Social Change with Visiting Professor Amaya Alvez,
Professor of Law, University of Concepción; former Member of the Chilean Constitutional Convention
Please join us for a talk reflecting on some of the lessons from her experiences as well as opening to a roundtable chat with Osgoode graduate students on their own work dealing with law and social change.
Amaya Alvez is a lawyer and holds a Doctorate in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. During the last 23 years she has been an academic at the University of Concepción, teaching the chairs of Constitutional History, Constitutional Law and Human Rights. She is a researcher at the Center for Water Resources for Agriculture and Mining (CRHIAM), part of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Human Rights and Democracy (GIDHD) and has developed various works on Constitutional Law, Human Rights, water regulation and Indigenous Peoples, both nationally and internationally.
She is also an activist and human rights defender. She is founder and President of the Corporation “Colectiva-Justicia en DDHH”, working for the defense of the environment, Indigenous peoples, women’s rights and the promotion of a culture that respects human rights. Along with this, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fundación Rumbo Colectivo, a think tank that promotes democratic deepening from an avant-garde, ecosystemic and feminist perspective.
Her work in the constitutional process has a long history. Ms. Alvez has participated in various initiatives for a New Constitution for Chile, such as Marca Tu Voto (2013), Bridges for a New Constitution (2016), Network of Constitutionalists (2019 to date), and the command for the Approval, “Que Chile Decida “, among others.
In 2021, Ms. Alvez was elected to the Constitutional Convention a Constituent for District 20, which brings together the communes of Concepción, Talcahuano, San Pedro de la Paz, Coronel, Hualpén, Chiguayante, Tomé, Penco, Hualqui, Santa Juana and Florida. She appeared on the Approve Dignity List, representing the Democratic Revolution and Independents. As part of her work in the Constitutional Convention, Ms. Alvez focused (among other things) in developing a constitutional approach to decentralization for Chile.