Jorge Barrera is a Chilean Public Law attorney and a Doctor of Juridical Science candidate at the Law School. He earned his LL.B. from the University of Chile Law School in 2011 and his L.L.M. degree with a specialization in Public Interest Law and Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2017, where he also received the Dean’s tuition fellowship award.
He has a range of experience in Administrative and Public law matters, having worked as legal advisor for numerous charitable and political organizations on issues ranging from education to constitutional reform, as well as having represented Chilean senators and deputies in several parliamentary writs before the Chilean Constitutional Court. Jorge is currently a Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law in the Universidad San Sebastian, School of Government and Law, Chile. The President of Chile also appointed him since 2018 as a member of the “Council of Evaluation for the Public Education System,” which has the power to improve and amend Public Education Reform in K-12 schools. At the same time, he practices law as a Senior Associate in the Public Law Department of Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana, a prestigious Chilean law firm. Finally, Jorge was recognized in 2017 between the 100 Young Chilean Leaders in his capacity as a constitutional lawyer.
At Notre Dame, his research will focus on adequate education as a fundamental right in a comparative constitutional law perspective. He will emphasize on how to establish a minimum standard of compliance and effective remedies for the right to education in the Chilean domestic law.