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Chile: Plebiscite on New Constitution Scheduled

(Sept. 22, 2020) On March 29, 2020, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera issued Decree 388, which calls for a national plebiscite on October 25, 2020, on whether Chilean citizens want a new constitution and through what mechanism. The repeal of the current constitution, which was enacted in 1980 during the Pinochet regime, emerged as one of […]

Chile: New Constitutional Amendment Imposes Term Limits for Certain Public Officials

(July 29, 2020) On July 8, 2020, Law No. 21238, which amends the Chilean Political Constitution to establish limitations on the reelection of certain public officials, entered into force in Chile. The new law also provides that elections for deputies (members of the lower house of the national legislature) and senators are to be held […]

Chile; New Zealand; Singapore: Digital Trade Agreement Signed

(June 17, 2020) On June 12, 2020, the governments of Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore signed the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA) in an online ceremony, with e-signature tools utilized. Negotiations for the agreement were launched in May 2019 when the trade ministers of the three countries met and “discussed ways to maximize the contributions that […]

Chile: Ministry of Health Announces Issuance of COVID-19 Immunity Card, Easing Restrictions for Some

(Apr. 30, 2020) On April 9, 2020, Chile’s minister of health, Jaime Mañalich, announced the issuance of a document to those people who have recovered from COVID-19 as indicated by antibody testing, releasing them from quarantine and other restrictions. The “COVID Cards” will be issued to individuals who have recovered from the disease 14 days after […]

Chile: Senate Adopts Protocol for Virtual Committee Sessions

(Apr. 23, 2020) On April 8, 2020, the Chilean Senate adopted a protocol for carrying out committee sessions remotely during the 90-day state of health emergency declared on March 18, 2020, by President Sebastián Piñera. The protocol provides that during the emergency senators may participate and vote in committee sessions either in person or through […]

Chile: Law Enacted Adopting Criminal Penalties for Public Disruptions and Violence

(Mar. 10, 2020) On January 30, 2020, Law No. 21,208 enacted Chile’s “Anti-looting law,” amending the Penal Code to impose criminal penalties for looting and actions that threaten the freedom of movement of people on public roads through violence and intimidation. Under the new Law, setting up barricades, looting, and other violent practices that have […]

Chile: Law on Digital Transformation of the State Enacted

(Dec. 17, 2019) On November 11, 2019, Law 21,180 on the Digital Transformation of the State was published in Chile’s Official Gazette. The new Law sets up electronic support and processing in administrative procedures and document management in the public administration. The Law aims to digitize, simplify, and eliminate certain procedures within the public administration […]

Chile: Law Permits Abortion on Three Grounds

(May 25, 2018) In September 2017, the Chilean National Congress passed a new law permitting abortion in some circumstances. (Ley 21030 que Regula la Despenalización de la Interrupción Voluntaria del Embarazo en Tres Causales [Law 21030 Regulating the Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy on Three Grounds], DIARIO OFICIAL, Sept. 23, 2017, Library of the National Congress website.) […]

Chile: Information Sharing with Other Countries

(July 11, 2017) On June 21, 2017, the Chilean parliament passed Law 21016 on facilitatating sharing of information, government to government, with other countries. (Ley 21016 Facilita el Intercambio Recíproco de Información con Otros Países, DIARIO OFICIAL (DO) (June 21, 2017), available at the Library of Congress of Chile website.) The rationale behind this measure […]

Chile: Preventive Identification by Police Authorized

(Sept. 1, 2016) On July 5, 2016, the Chilean Congress passed Law 20931 on Easing the Effective Application of the Established Penalties for Robbery, Theft, and Receipt of Stolen Goods and Improving Criminal Prosecution of the Said Offenses. (Facilita la Aplicación Efectiva de las Penas Establecidas para los Delitos de Robo, Hurto y Receptación y […]