Human Rights Speaker Series: From Pinochet’s Economic Accomplices to Inequality in Chile Today

  • Tue 4 May 21

    15:00 - 16:30

  • Online


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    Human Rights Centre Speaker Series

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Please join us for the latest Human Rights Speaker Series, hosted by the University of Essex Human Rights Centre.

Understanding the role of economic actors in sustaining yesterday’s dictatorship is crucial to achieve justice, memory, reparation and equality in today’s democracy. That is a central argument of “Pinochet’s Economic Accomplices: An Unequal Country by Force” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021).

The physiognomy of the Chilean economy imposed by the dictatorship in the 1970s and 80s is still in place in the 21st century. The economic system continues benefiting a few at the expense of the majority of the population. This explains, to a great extent, why towards the end of 2019, millions of Chileans marched to denounce high levels of inequality, and why the State reacted with cruel repression against them. 

Looking at the past, present and future, the panel will discuss the consequences of Covid-19 for social rights and equality in Chile, in the context of the ongoing constitutional process in the country.


Professor Leigh A Payne, Co-author of the book, Professor of Sociology and Latin America, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

Dr. Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, Co-editor of the book, Former UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights 2014-2020.

Carla Moscoso, Co-author of the book, MPhil/PhD candidate in Sociology, University of Cambridge.


Dr. Koldo Casla, Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Essex.

Leigh A Payne is professor of Sociology and Latin America, St Antony's College, University of Oxford. She works on transitional justice and human rights in general. She recently published the book Transitional Justice and Corporate Accountability from Below: Deploying Archimedes Lever with her co-authors Gabriel Pereira and Laura Bernal-Bermúdez (Cambridge University Press, 2020). She has a PhD in Political Science from Yale University.

Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky was the United Nations Independent Expert on Debt and Human Rights between 2014 and 2020. He has written books and articles on responsibility for economic complicity with human rights violations. He previously worked for UNCTAD and the Argentine State. He has been consultant to the OHCHR and ECLAC. He has a PhD in Law. 

Carla Moscoso holds a BA in Sociology and a MA in Political Communication from the University of Chile. Currently, she works at Chile’s National Preventive Mechanism against Torture. She previously worked for the Ministry of Governmental Affairs, the National Council of Television, the Chilean Transparency Council, the United Nations Development Program and Chile’s National Human Rights Institution.


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