NDN and NPI Host Chilean Ambassador, Arturo Fermandois

The Latin America Policy Initiative (LAPI) is excited to host the Ambassador of Chile to the United States, Arturo Fermandois on Wednesday, October 27 at 12:30 pm.  This event is open to the public.  To RSVP please click here.

Arturo Fermandois was born in Santiago, Chile, and studied Law at the Catholic University of Chile.  Upon graduation, the Ambassador received the Monsignor Carlos Casanueva Award for outstanding academic achievement and student leadership (1987). 
Mr. Fermandois was in-house counsel at the legal division of Banco del Estado de Chile  from 1987-1996, where he was also Secretary of the Board.  In 1993, the Government of Chile granted Ambassador Fermandois its prestigious national scholarship for graduate studies and became a Fulbright scholar.

Ambassador Fermandois holds a M.A. degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1994).  In Chile, he joined the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement negotiating team at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 1996, he founded Fermandois, Evans and Co., LLP, a law firm specialized in Administrative and Constitutional law.  His private practice, which included exhaustive Supreme and Constitutional court litigation, legal research and analysis, lasted until his appointment as Ambassador to the United States.

Ambassador Fermandois has written several books, among them: Economic Constitutional Law (1st edition 2001, 2nd edition 2006) and Applied Constitutional Law (2008).  He is co-author of Constitutional Reform 2005, and editor of the annual selection book of top Chilean judicial decisions, Supreme and Constitutional Court Review (years 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008).  Mr. Fermandois has published more than 40 specialized articles in Chilean and foreign law reviews, and wrote weekly legal commentaries on jurisprudence in the daily constitutional newsletter Informe Constitucional  for 5 years. One of his papers on the American legislative system is titled, The Fast Track Negotiating Authority: Origins and Legal Effects (published in Revista del Abogado, Lawyer’s Magazine, 1996).