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Chile
A Legal Research Guide


I. About this Guide   II. History, Government and Political Structure   III. Primary Sources of Law
 
IV. Secondary Sources of Law  

I. About this Guide                    

This is a guide to University of Wisconsin campus and electronic resources for research in Chilean Law.

The guide begins with a brief overview of Chile's geography, history and political structure, and then proceeds to outline the main sources of Chilean Law. The majority of the sources in this guide are in Spanish. Annotations are given in English where deemed necessary.
Please be careful to note the dates of publication for each text, as some may be outdated.

Unless otherwise noted, all call numbers refer to locations at the UW Law Library.

II. History, Government and Political Structure

Chile is a long and narrow country located in South America. It shares its northern border with Peru and Bolivia, its western border with the Pacific Ocean, its eastern border with Argentina and its southern border with the Magellan channel. Chile has numerous climates and landscapes: deserts, forests, mountains, and ice fields.

Before the Europeans came to America, the population of Chile consisted of a series of small groups of indigenous tribes. Chile was conquered by the Spanish in 1540, and for more than 200 years it was a Spanish colony. Chile gained its independence from Spain on February 14th, 1818. Today most Chileans have both Spanish and indigenous ancestry.

The recent history of Chile is marked by the overthrow of the government that took place on September 11th, 1973. President Salvador Allende was forcibly removed from power by a Military Assembly headed by General Augusto Pinochet. Pinochet left power in 1989, after the democratic election of his successor.

As proclaimed in the Chilean Political Constitution of 1980, Chile is a democratic republic that operates under a unitary form of government. The country consists of thirteen regions. Each region is administered by appointed “intendentes” who represent the president. Regions are divided into provinces administered by appointed governors, and provinces are further divided into municipalities administered by elected “alcaldes” (Mayors).

The government is organized into three branches: executive, legislative and judicial. The three branches check and balance each other according to the principle of the separation of powers.

The executive branch is headed by the president who is elected through direct elections for a period of six years; successive reelection is not allowed. The president has a wide variety of roles in the government and administration of the country. The President appoints and collaborates with sixteen ministers in the administration of the Chilean state.

The legislative branch consists of a bicameral legislature: the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. Both houses of congress play a role in the legislative process. The Senate has forty- eight members that serve for eight years, and the Chamber of Deputies has one hundred twenty members elected every four years. Members of both bodies are elected in direct elections, and they represent the different regions and provinces of Chile.

Chile followed the Roman, Spanish and French legal traditions in the designing of its own legal system. As a civil law jurisdiction, Chile's legal system is governed by codes written by legal scholars (civil, labor, criminal, etc.). Judges are bound by the codes and are not obliged to follow previous judicial decisions.

Chile's judiciary branch is headed by the Supreme Court of Chile. The Court, has correctional, administrative and economic supervision over the nation's court system. Its main function is to oversee the correct and uniform application of the Constitution and the laws. The Court consists of twenty-one judges and is located in the capital city of Santiago. One level below in the hierarchy are the seventeen Courts of Appeals, each one with jurisdiction over one or more provinces of the country. These courts exercise appellate jurisdiction over the trial courts. Occupying the lowest tier are the trial courts-- district and military. The former are ordinary courts with common or special jurisdiction, and the latter are special courts for military affairs.

In all courts, communication between the judges and parties, including the presentation of evidence, is done in writing. Because of the disadvantages that this system has in terms of the length of trials and excess bureaucracy, Chile has in recent years began to reform its criminal procedure code. The new code will establish a system of oral argument and communication that is now being gradually implemented throughout Chile. The new criminal procedure code will be in force in the whole country in the year 2005.

III. Primary Sources of Law

The Constitution of the Chilean Republic (Constituci.n Política de la Repúblicade Chile)determines the form of the government, the powers of public officials, and guarantees individual rights that limit the power of the state.

After the constitution, there are three categories of law that have special status and are difficult to amend: 1) Organic Constitutional Law (Q-Leyes Orgánicas Constitutionales), which regulates institutions established by the constitution (e.g. police, trial courts, political parties); 2) the Interpretative Constitutional Law (Ley Interpretativa Constitucional), which interprets and clarifies the provisions of the Constitutio; and 3). Qualified Quorum Laws ( Ley de Quorum Calificado), which governs issues that the legislature considers to be paramount (e.g. terrorism, weapon's control, nationality, etc.).

Those subjects not regulated under the categories of law referred to above are governed by Ordinary Laws. The various Chilean legal codes fall under this category.

The “Potestad Reglamentaria” established in Art. 32 N. 8 of the constitution, governs presidential authority to create decrees that cover areas not regulated by the laws or that implement or develop the laws passed by the legislature.

International treaties
are sources of law from the moment that the treaty is ratified by the president, following approval by congress. Human rights treaties are afforded special treatment under an amendment that was added in the wake of the military government in order to insure respect for human rights.

With respect to case law , Art 3 sec. 2 of the Civil Codeprovides that “judicial sentences have no obligatory force, but in cases where they are actually pronounced.” Because Chile belongs to a legal system governed by codes, court opinions don't have the same force that they have in a common law system. Chilean judges are not bound by the decisions of higher courts. A court decision does, however, have the force of law with respect to the particular case to which the decision applies.

Finally, there are the opinions of legal scholars that are contained in printed manuals. The work of legal scholars is given great importance in the Chilean legal system as a means for explaining and interpreting the law.

A. The Constitution (Constitución Política de la República de Chile)       B. Organic Constitutional Law  
C. Qualified Quorum Laws   D. Codes  
E. General Laws and Regulations   F. Treaties  
G. Case Law    

A. The Constitution (Constitución Política de la República de Chile)

The current Chilean constitution was promulgated on October 31st, 1980, but since that date it has undergone several amendments.

Print

Constitución Política de la República de Chile.
8th ed. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 2000.
Location: Law Library KHF 2914 1980 A6 2000
Text of the constitution.

Bulnes Aldunate, L. Constitución Política de la República de Chile: Concordancias Anotaciones y Fuentes. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1981.
Location: Law Library KHF 2914 1980 A4 B85 1981
Constitution with concordances, sources and annotations.

Soto Kloss, E. y Fiamma, G. Actas Constitucionales; Antecedentes y Textos. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1976.
Location: Law Library KHF 2919 A 72 1976
Texts of the Constitutional Rules (Actas Constitucionales) dictated by the Military assembly.

Valencia Avaria, Luis. Análes de la República. Santiago de Chile: Editorial Andres Bello, 1986.
Location: Memorial Library JL 2621 V3 1986
Includes the texts of all the Chilean constitutions that have been in force throughout Chilean history.

Electronic

Constitución Política de la República de Chile.
Location: http://www.camara.cl/legis/masinfo/m6.htm
Chamber of Deputies Web page. Full text of the constitution separated into chapters.

Constitución Política de la República de Chile
Location: http://www.estado.cl/documentos/constitucion.pdf
From the official Web site of the Chilean State.

Constitución Política de la Republica de Chile    
Location: http://www.derechos.org/nizkor/chile/ley.html
Click on “constitución. Contains the 1989 , 1997 and 2000 reforms of the constitution.

B. Organic Constitutional Law
Print

Caldera Delgado, Hugo. Ley Orgánica Constitucional en la Constitución de 1980. Santiago:
Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1985.
Location: Law Library KHF 2921 C35 1985
Treatise in which the author critically analyzes the institution of organic constitutional law.
        
Constitución Política de la República de Chile. 8th ed., Santiago:Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 2000.
Location: Law Library KHF 29141 980 A6 2000
The organic constitutional laws are contained in the appendix of the Constitution .

Electronic

Ley Orgánica Constitucional
Location: http://www.bcn.cl/portada.html
From the official Web page of the Chilean Congress. There are links to each of the 19 Constitutional Organic Laws (L.O.C).

C. Qualified Quorum Law

Ley de Quorum Calificado
Location: http://www.bcn.cl/portada.html
From the official web page of the Chilean Congress. You can find a brief explanation about the Ley de Quorum Calificado (L.Q.F.) and texts of the laws.

D. Codes

Civil Code (Código Civil)

Print

Código Civil. 8th ed. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1981.
Location: Law Library KHF 404.3 1981 A52 1982

Electronic

Código Civil
Location: http://www.colegioabogados.org/normas
Database from the College of Lawyer's Professional Association of the city of Puerto Montt, Chile.

Código Civil
Location: http://www.diariooficial.cl/
Web site from the official newspaper of the Chilean Republic. Registration is required, but access to codes and other Chilean legislation is free. Visitors can enter “Demo” as password and as username.


Civil Procedure Code (Código de Procedimiento Civil)

Print

Código Procedimiento Civil. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 2000.
Location: Law Library KHF 257431944 A52 2000

Electronic

Código Procedimiento Civil
Location: http://www.bcn.cl/
Select “Leyes” to find most of the Chilean codes, laws, decrees, congressional debates and legislative projects.

Código de Procedimiento Civil
Location: http://www.colegioabogados.org/normas
Database from the College of Lawyer's Professional Association of the city of Puerto Montt, Chile.

Law regulating the Jurisdiction of Chilean courts (Código Orgánico de Tribunales )

Print

Código Orgánico de Tribunales.
9th ed. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1985.
Location: Law Library KHF 2501 A29 1875 A52 1085

Electronic

Código Orgánico de Tribunales
Location: http://www.diariooficial.cl
Web Page from the official newspaper of Chile. All Chilean laws are first published here. Laws become binding from the date of publication. From the home page click on “Base de Datos,” then enter “Demo” as username and as password, and then select the code that you need.

Criminal Code (Código Penal)

Print

Código Penal. 9th ed. Santiago:Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1994.
Location: Law Library KHF 5414.3 1874 A52 1984

Electronic

Código Penal
Location: http://www.paginaschile.cl/biblioteca_juridica/biblioteca.htm
Web site with general information about Chile. It contains a variety of Chilean codes and laws, as wellas the Constitution.

Code of Criminal Procedure (Código de Procedimiento Penal)

Because of the legal reforms that are taking place throughout the country, Chile was governed by two Penal Procedure Codes until 2005, the Código de Procedimiento Penal (old) and the Código Procesal Penal (new). Since June 2005, the Código Procesal Penal has been the unified code for penal procedure.

Print

Código de Procedimiento Penal. Santiago de Chile: Editorial Jurídica Cono Sur, 1993.
Location: Law Library KHF 5814.31944 A6 A73 1993

Electronic


Código de Procedimiento Penal
Location: http://www.paginaschile.cl/biblioteca_juridica/biblioteca.htm
Web site with general information about Chile. It contains a variety of Chilean codes and laws, as well as the Constitution.

Código Procesal Penal
Location: http://www.diariooficial.cl/
From the home page of the Diario Oficial, click on “Base de Datos” then enter “demo” as a username and as a password then click on “Código Procesal Penal”.

Commerical Code (Código de Comercio)

Print

Código de Comercio. 14th ed. Santiago:Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1998.
Location: Law Library KHF 105431865 A52 1998

Código de Comercio.
12th ed. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1993.
Location: Law Library KHF 1054.31865 A52 1993a.

Commercial Laws of the World. Ormond Beach, Fla.: Foreign Tax Law Publishers.
Location: Law Library Reference Collection K 1001.4 F67 C39 Contains the commercial laws of Chile. Not kept up-to date since May, 1990.

Electronic

Código de Comercio
Location: http://www.colegioabogados.org/normas
Database from the College of Lawyer's Professional Association of the city of Puerto Montt, Chile. Click on “Códigos,” then on “Código de Comercio”.

Tax Code (Código Tributario)

Print

Código Tributário. 8th ed. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1985.
Location: Law Library KHF 4597 A3 1974 A7 1985
Electronic

Electronic

Código Tributário
Location: http://www.sii.cl/
Official Web site of the Chilean Tax Public Service. Click on “Circulares y Legislaci.n”, then click on “Legislaci.n Tributária”. Scroll down, then click on “Legislaci.n Tributária Básica”. Finally, select “Decreto Ley sobre Código Tributário N° 830 de 1980”.

Labour Code (Código del Trabajo)

Print

Código del Trabajo. 1st ed. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1988.
Location: Law Library KHF 1784.3 1987 A52 1988
This edition is not kept up to date. Keep in mind that in Chile, labor laws change frequently.

Electronic

Código del Trabajo
Location: http://www.colegioabogados.org/normas
Database from the College of Lawyer's Professional Association of the city of Puerto Montt, Chile. Click on “Códigos” and then select “Código del Trabajo”.

Código del Trabajo
Location: http://www.paginaschile.cl/biblioteca_juridica/biblioteca.htm This web site contains general information about Chile. It has a variety of Chilean codes, laws as well as the Constitution. Select “Código Laboral”. Water Rights Code (Código de Aguas)

Print

Código de Aguas.
13th ed. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1992.
Location: Law Library KHF 4145 A29 1981 A52 1992
Since the date of this edition's publication there have been minor amendments.

Electronic

Codigo de Aguas
Location: http://www.colegioabogados.org/normas/
Database from the College of Lawyer's Professional Association of the city of Puerto Montt, Chile. From the list of links, select “Códigos” then “Código de Aguas de Chile”.

Code of Military Justice (Código de Justicia Militar)

Print

Código de Justicia Militar.
3rd ed. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1985.
Location: Law Library KHF 5246 A28 1985
Not kept up to date.

Electronic

Código de Justicia Militar
Location: http://www.paginaschile.cl/biblioteca_juridica/biblioteca.htm
This web site contains general information about Chile. It has a variety of Chilean codes and laws, as well as the Constitution. The“Código de Justicia Militar”contains the amendments made in the year 2000.

E. General Laws and Regulations

Print


Recopilación de Leyes y Reglamentos.
Santiago, Chile: División de Coordinación e Información Jurídica, Sector Publicaciones, t. 89-125., 1986.
Location: Law Library: KHF 38 A22 1987
Publication of the Contraloría General de la República. Contains laws and regulations promulgated between 1987 and 2002.

Electronic

Chilean National Congress Library
Location: http://www.bcn.cl/
Web site that contains laws, regulations, case law and more. To access case law click on “Derecho” and then select “Jurisprudencia”.

Diario Oficial
Location: http://www.anfitrion.cl/actualidad/index.html
Data base from the Diario Oficial, the official newspaper of Chile. All Chilean laws are first published here. Laws become binding from the date of publication.

LexisNexis Chile
Location: http://www.lexisnexis.cl/
Registration is required but access is free.

F. Treaties

Tratados Internacionales Ratificados por Chile.
Location: http://www.bcn.cl/
Official Web site of the Chilean National Congress. Enter the home page; click on “Derecho” then under “Legislación”, click on “Tratados Internacionales Ratificados por Chile.”

Pacto Internacional de Derechos Civiles y Políticos Adoptado por la O.N.U.

Location: http://www.lexisnexis.cl/contenido/dcto%20778_001.asp
From LexisNexis Chile. International pact concerning civil and political rights adopted by the General Assembly of U.N. in 1966.

Convención Americana sobre Derechos Humanos
(Pacto de San José de Costa Rica).
Location: http://www.lexisnexis.cl/
From Lexis Nexis Chile. Enter “Convención Americana” in the search box. Registration is required but access is free.

G. Case Law

Print

Boletín de Jurisprudencia de la Contraloría General de la República.
Santiago de Chile, Contraloría General de la República, 1971.
Location: Law Library KHF 72 A212
Case law from the Contraloría General de la República, an autonomous entity whose mission is to insure that the administration of the government functions according to law. The library has the 1971 annual publication and selected volumes from 1971 to 1972. Not kept up to date after 1972.

Lopez Bourasseau, E. Jurisprudencia Constitucional 1950- 1979,
Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1984.
Location: Law Library KHF 2921 A 487 L67 1984
Cases on constitutional law. Not kept up to date after 1979.

Olguín Arriaza, E. Jurisprudencia Tributaria
: Judicial y Administrativa. Santiago de Chile:Editorial Jurídica Cono Sur, 1986-1989. 3 v.
Location: Law Library KHF 4586.23 037
Tax case law. Not kept up to date after 1989.

Primeros Cinco Fallos Dictados por el Tribunal Constitucional de la República.
Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1972.
Location: Law Library KHF 2921 A 485 C487 1972
The first five opinions of the Constitutional Court of Chile. (This court has jurisdiction to hear cases involving constitutional issues.)

Revista de Derecho y Jurisprudencia y Gaceta de los Tribunales. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile.
Location: Law Library KHF 72 A23
This is a magazine publicized 4 times a year which contains case law from the Chilean courts. The Library has selected editions between 1963 and 1975, and annual editions from 1986 to 2001, V. 83-98.

Electronic

Constitutional Chilean Court
Location: http://www.tribunalconstitucional.cl/
Site from the Constitutional Court. Click on “Sentencias” to access cases from 1981 to the present.

Chilean National Congress Library
Location: http://www.bcn.cl/
Web site that contains laws, regulations, case law and more. To access case law click on “Derecho” and then select “Jurisprudencia”.

Diario Oficial
Location: http://www.anfitrion.cl/actualidad/index.html
Data base from the Diario Oficial, the official newspaper of Chile. Click on “Jurisprudencia” to access cases on penal and constitutional issues dictated by the Supreme and Appellate Courts as well as issues that have great importance to the public interest.

LexisNexis Chile
Location: http://www.lexisnexis.cl/
Registration is required but access is free.

IV. Secondary Sources of Law

A. Treatises, Guides and Other Texts   B. Periodicals  
C. Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Other Reference Resources   D. Bibliographies and Research Guides  

A. Treatises, Guides and Other Texts

Constitutional Law

Andrade Geywitz, C. Génesis de las Constituciones de 1925 y 1980. Santiago de Chile: Editorial Jurídica Cono Sur, Chile, 1988.
Location: Law Library KHF 2919 A85 1988
Study of the development of the present (1980) and past (1925) Chilean constitutions.

Aylwin Azocar, A. Verdugo Marinkovic, M. Constitución del 80; Estudio Crítico. 1st ed. Santiago de Chile: Editorial Cono Sur, 1988.
Location: KHF2914 1980 C66 1980
Scholarly debate among the Universidad Diego Portales faculty about the 1980's Chilean Constitution.

Barros, R. Constitutionalism and Dictatorship: Pinochet, La Junta and the 1980 Constitution. Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Location: Law Library KHF 2919 B37 2002
Study of the Chilean military government.

Chile at the Crossroads: A Report of the Delegation of the American Bar Association to Chile. Chicago: American Bar Association, 1988.
Location: Law Library KHF 330 A47 1988
An August, 1987 report about the role of the judiciary, military courts, and the intimidation of lawyers who represent politically unpopular clients in Chile.

Constitución de 1980: Comentarios de Juristas Internacionales. 1 ed. Santiago de Chile, Centro de Estudios Sociales, 1984.
Location: Memorial Library KHF 2921 Z9 C66 1984
Jurists from Europe and North America analyze the Chilean Constitution.

Defensa Jurídica del Interés Público: Ensenanza, Estrategias, Experiencias. Santiago: Escuela de Derecho Universidad Diego Portales, 1999.
Location: Law Library KHF 3012 135 2000 This publication gathers research done by universities and non governmental organizations in Chile, Peru and Argentina about public interest actions. This volume is about equality, freedom of expression and the public interest.

Evans de la Cuadra, E. Los Derechos Constitucionales. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1986.
Location: Law Library KHF 2921 E933 1986
Treatise on Chilean constitutional rights.

Urzúa Valenzuela, G. Manual de Derecho Constitucional. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1991.
Location: Law Library KHF 2921 U79 1991
Guide to the Chilean Constitution.

Civil Procedure

Aravena Arredondo, L. Naturaleza Jurídica del Arbitraje. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1969.
Location: Law Library KHF 2817 A973 1969
Treatise on arbitration.

Casarino Viterbo, M. Manual de Derecho Procesal. 4th ed. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1982.
Location: Law Library KHF 2579. C38 1982
Guide to civil procedure law.

Ciudad Espejo, L. Orígen y Desarrollo de los Elementos Fundamentales de la Casación. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1965.
Location: Law Library KHF 2800 C58 1965
Discusses the origin and development of the “Recurso de Casación” (the Supreme Court's power to nullify a lower courts decision).

Colombo Campbell, J. La Competencia. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1959.
Location: Law Library KHF 2582 C65 1959
An examination of jurisdiction within the Chilean court system.

Colombo Campbell, J. La Jurisdicción, el Acto Procesal y la Cosa Juzgada en el Derecho Chileno. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1981.
Location: Law Library KHF 2579 C66 1981
Examines jurisdiction, procedure acts and “Res Judicata” in Chilean civil procedure.

Espinoza Fuentes, R. Manual de Procedimiento Civil. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1967.
Location: Law Library KHF 2800 E85 1967
Guide to Chilean civil procedure.

Las Medidas para Mejor Resolver Como Institucion Comun a Todo Procedimiento Civil. (Seminario de Derecho Privado, No 2), Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1960.
Location: Law Library KHF 2579 P54 1960
Study of the mechanisms available to a court to clarify evidence in a case.

Marin Salas, C. Las Sentencias de Mera Declaración. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1965.
Location: Law Library KHF 2667 M37 1965
Treatise on declarative sentences.

Rioseco Enriquez, E. La Prueba ante la Jurisprudencia. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1958.
Location: Law Library KHF2640 A473 R 56 1958
Treatise on evidence.

Riveros Izquierdo, M. El Embargo. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1964.
Location: Law Library KHF 2690 R58 1964
Examines judicial garnishment in Chile.

Rodriguez Papic, I., Procedimiento Civil: Juicio Ordinario de Mayor Cuantía. 4 ed. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1964.
Location: Law Library KHF 2519 R63 1964
Treatise on civil procedure.

Civil Law

Ducci Claro, C. Derecho Civil: Parte General. 3rd ed. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1988.
Location: Law Library KHF 409 D83 1988
Introductory guide to civil law.

Ducci Claro, C. Interpretación Jurídica en General y en la Dogmática Chilena, Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1977.
Location: Law Library KHF 327 D82 1977
Practitioner's guide to the interpretation of the law.In civil law systems a great deal of scholarship is devoted to “interpretation” as a means for clarification and explanation of the law.

Figueroa Garcia Huidobro, R. Equal Consideration and Respect: An Argument for a Legislation of Divorce in Chile. University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2001. (LL.M. Thesis).
Location: Law Library KHF 510 F54 2001

León Hurtado, A. El Objeto en los Actos Jurídicos. Santiago de Chile: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1958.
Location: Law Library KHF 414 L46 1958 Despite the date of publication, this text contains a good analysis about the subject matter of legal acts that create, modify or extinguish rights and obligations.

Mery Berriso, R. Derecho Hipotecario; Estudio de Derecho Civil Chileno y Comparado. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1958.
Location: KHF 641 M49 1958
Treatise on mortgage law in Chile and other countries.

Meza Barros, R. Manual de Derecho Civil; de las Fuentes de las Obligaciones. 7 ed. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1986. 2v.
Location: Law Library KHF 745 M47 1986
Manual for the sources of the obligations in the Chilean civil legislation. In Chile the sources of obligations are contracts, unilateral acts (e.g. donation), quasi contracts, intentional and unintentional torts, and law.

Peña Gonzalez, C. Apuntes sobre Derecho Civil de Contenido Patrimonial y Pobreza, Santiago, Chile: Centro de Estudios del Desarrollo, 1987.
Location: Memorial Library KHF 552 P46 1987
Treatise on civil law.

Prieto Ravest, E. Teoría General de las Obligaciones. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1959.
Location: Law Library KHF 745 P75 1959
Treatise on the theory of obligations.


Human Rights

Detzner, J. Tribunales Chilenos y Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos. Santiago, Chile: Editorial Tiempo Nuevo, 1988.
Location: Law Library 3003 D48 1988
The product of a research study by an American lawyer on the incorporation of international human rights laws in Chilean legislation.

Entre el Deseo de Derechos y el Derecho a Desear. Informe sobre la Situación de los Derechos Humanos en Chile. Santiago, Chile: Corporación de Desarrollo de la Mujer la Morada, 2000.
Location: Memorial Library HQ1236.5 C5 E58 2000
Study of women's rights in Chile.

Igualdad, Libertad de Expresión e Interés Público. (Cuadernos de Análisis Jurídicos: Serie Publicaciones Especiales10.) Santiago: Escuela de Derecho, Universidad Diego Portales, 2000.
Location: Law Library KHF 3012 I35 2000
Monthly publication by the Universidad Diego Portales. This edition analyzes equality, freedom of expression and the public interest in Chile.

Peña Gonzalez, C. Práctica Constitucional y Derechos Fundamentales. Santiago de Chile: Corporación Nacional de Reparación y Reconciliación, 1996.
Location: Law Library KHF 3003 P45 1996
Application of constitutional law as it relates to fundamental rights.

Riego, C. Jimenez, M. El Proceso Penal Chileno y los Derechos Humanos. (Cuadernos de Análisis Jurídicos) Santiago: Escuela de Derecho, Universidad Diego Portales, 1994. 2 v.
Location: Law Library KHF 5819 R44 1993
A study about the treatment of human rights in Chilean criminal procedure.

Sistema Jurídico y Derechos Humanos. El Derecho Nacional y las Obligaciones Internacionales de Chile en Materia de Derechos Humanos. (Cuadernos de Análisis Jurídicos) Santiago: Escuela de Derecho, Universidad Diego Portales, 1996. 6v.
Location: Law Library KHF 3003 29 S58 1996
Collection of essays thatcompares international human rights regulations with the Chilean legal system.

Labor Law

Legislación Social; Código del Trabajo. Santiago, Chile. Editorial Nascimiento, 1965.
Location: Law Library KHF 1784. 31931 A52 1942
Includes legislation, case law, decrees and other documents. Library has selected volumes between 1931 and 1968.

Gaete Berríos, A. Tratado de Derecho del Trabajo y Seguridad Social. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1966- 1967. 4 v.
Location: Law Library KHF 1789 G35 1966
Treatise on labor law and social security. Note the date.

Walker Errazuriz, F. Derecho del Trabajo y Relaciones del Trabajo. Santiago de Chile: Editorial Cono Sur, 1989.
Location: Law Library KHF 1810 W35 1989
Treatise on labor law and work relations.

Government Administration Law

Daniel Argandoña, M. La Organización Administrativa en Chile: Bases Fundamentales. 2nd ed. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1985.
Location: Law Library KHF 3232 D36 1985
Guide to law pertaining to the administration of the state.

Estatuto Administrativo y Textos Complementarios. 3rd ed. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1983. Location: Law Library KHF 3200 A3196 A7 1983
In Chile, government employees are governed by an administrative statute and by other regulations. This book contains these texts.

Silva Cimma, E. Derecho Administrativo Chileno y Comparado. 3rd ed. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile1968. V.1.
Location: Law Library KHF 3230 S55 1968
This volume is an introduction to administrative law and its sources.

Soto Kloss, E. Regimen Jurídico de la Administración del Estado. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1980.
Location: Law Library KHF 3230 Z9 R49 1980
Guide to legislation that regulates the structure of the government.

Economic Law

Carvallo Hederra, S. Manual de Legislación Económica. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1983.
Location: Law Library KHF 3700 C37 1983
Guide to economic law.

Legislación Económica Chilena y de Comercio Internacional. Santiago de Chile:Banco Central de Chile, 1982.
Location: Law Library KHF 3702 A38 1982
Treatise on Chilean economic legislation and foreign investment.

Mayorga Lorca, R. Montt, L. Inversión Extranjera en Chile: Marco Legal General, Nacional e Internacional. Santiago de Chile: Editorial Jurídica Cono Sur, 1993.
Location: Law Library KHF 3725 M39 1993
Treatise on Chilean law concerning foreign investment.

Military Law

Justicia Militar en Chile. Santiago de Chile: Editorial Jurídica Cono Sur, 1990.
Location: Law Library KHF 5246 J865 1990
Treatise published by the Lawyers Association of Chile in 1990 about the military legal system. Contains laws, regulations, and analysis of historical events.

Mera Figueroa, J., La Justicia Militar en Chile. Santiago: FLACSO- Chile, 2000.
Location: Memorial Library Stacks Regular Size Shelving KHF 5100 M473 2000
This study analyzes military justice in Chile -- its origins, historical and political aspects -- as well as the relationship between military courts and civilian courts.
Nuevo Estatuto Personal de las F.F.A.A. Santiago de Chile: Editorial Jurídica Cono Sur, 1987.
Location: Law Library KHF 5121.A3 1968 A7 1987
Text of the statute that governs the Chilean Army.

Water Law

Guzmán Alcalde, A., Ravera Herrera, E. Estudio de las Aguas en el Derecho Chileno. Santiago de Chile: Ediciones Jurídicas La Ley, 1993.
Location: Law Library KHF 4145 G89 1993
Treatise on water law in Chile. Stewart, D. Aspects of the Chilean Water Law in Action: A Case Study. University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1967. PhD thesis.
Location: Law Library KHF 3312 S78 1967

Mining Law

Escala Baltra, E. El Dominio del Estado Sobre las Minas. Santiago: EditorialJurídica de Chile, 1965.
Location: Law Library KHF 3929 E84 1965
Treatise on mining law and government ownership over mines.

Uribe Herrera, A. Manual de Derecho de Minería. 3rd ed. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1968.
Location: Law Library KHF 3929 U75 1968
Guide to mining law.

Criminal Law

Mera Figueroa, J. Hurto y Robo; Estudio Dogmático y Político Criminal. Cuadernos de Análisis Jurídicos. Santiago: Escuela de Derecho, Universidad Diego Portales, 1995.
Location: Law Library KHF 5602 M47 1995
A publication issued periodically by the Universidad Diego Portales; this issue discusses legislation pertaining to larceny and robbery in Chile.

Criminal Procedure

Riego, C. Jimenez, M. El Proceso Penal Chileno y los Derechos Humanos, Cuadernos de Análisis Jurídicos. Santiago: Escuela de Derecho, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile, 1994.
Location: Law Library KHF 5819 R44 1993 v. I & II
This is a publication that is issued periodically by the U.D.P. This edition covers the relationship between criminal procedure and human rights in Chile.

Riego, C. The Chilean Criminal Procedure Reform. University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1997 ( LL.M. Thesis). Location: Law Library KHF 5819 R54 1997

Paillas, E. Derecho Procesal Penal. Santiago: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1984.
Location: Law Library KHF 5819 P35 1984
Treatise on criminal procedure.

B. Periodicals

Ius et Praxis. Derecho en la Region. Talca, Chile: Editorial Universidad de Talca, Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales, 1997 and 2002. 4 v.
Location: Law Library Periodicals (shelved by title third floor).
A publication issued periodically by Universidad de Talca. This issue covers human rights in Chile, the Constitution and international treaties.

Revista de Derecho. Concepción, Chile: Escuela de Derecho, Universidad de Concepción, 1971-.
Location: Law Library Periodicals. Shelved by title, 3rd floor.
Law journal published by the University of Concepción, Chile. Library has issues from 1991 to 2000.

Revista de Derecho de la Universidad Católica de Valparaiso. Valparaiso, Chile: Ediciones Universitarias de Valparaiso, 1977-.
Location: Law Library Periodicals. Shelved by title, 3rd floor.
Law journal made by the Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile. Library has volumes from 1986 to 2002.

Revista Chilena de Derecho. Santiago, Chile: Universidad Católica de Chile, 1974 -.
Location: Law Library Periodicals, 3rd. floor. Shelved by title. 1974 _ 2002.
This journal about actual juridical issues is published three times a year.

Revista Chilena de Derechos Humanos. Santiago, Chile: Programa de Derechos Humanos, Academia de Humanismo Cristiano, 1987 _ 1990.
Location: Law Library Periodicals, 3rd floor. Shelved by title.
Human rights journal.

Revista Chilena de Historia del Derecho.
V.1 _ 16. Santiago, Chile: Editorial Jurídica de Chile, 1959-.
Location: Law Library Periodicals, 3rd floor.
History of law journal. Library has v. 1 _ 4 (1959-1965) and v. 12 _ 16 (1986-1900/91).

Revista de Legislación y Documentación en Derecho y Ciencias Sociales. Santiago, Chile: Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional, 1979-.
Location: Law Library Periodicals. Shelved by title, 3rd floor.
Law journal of the National Congress Library.

Temas de Derecho. Santiago, Chile: Universidad Gabriela Mistral, 1988-.
Location: Law Library Periodicals. Shelved by title, 3rd floor.
Law journal made by University Gabriela Mistral, Chile. Library has publications from 1988 to 2002.

C. Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Other Reference Sources

Caffarena, Elena. Diccionario de Jurisprudencia Chilena. 3rd ed., Editorial Jurídica Cono Sur, 1986. 2v.
Location: Law Library K52 S6 D428 1994

Law and Judicial Systems of Nations. 4th rev. ed., Edited by The World Jurist Association, Washington D.C., 2002.
Location: Law Library Ref K583 W64 2002
Introductory guide to world legal systems, the practice of lawyers, legal education, courts of justice and more. Pages 100-103 deal with Chile.

Modern Legal Systems Cyclopedia. General editor K. Redden. Buffalo, N.Y: WS Hein 1984 _ 1985. 10 v.
Location: Law Library Ref K530 M62
Volume 10 deals with Chilean legal system.

Reynolds, T. and Flores, A. Foreign Law: Current Sources of Codes and Basic Legislation in Jurisdictions of the World. Littleton, Col.: F.B. Rothman, 1997. 3v.
Location: Law Library Ref K 38 R49 1998 (Not kept up to date after February 2004).
Online: Law Library Network. Volume I deals with Chilean sources of codes and legislation.

D. Bibliographies and Research Guides

Electronic

Essential Issues of the Chilean Legal System
Location: http://www.nyulawglobal.org/globalex/Chile.htm
Research guide from GlobaLex , an electronic legal publication dedicated to international and foreign law research. Published by the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU School of Law.

Law Library of Congress. Global Legal Information Network.
Location: http://www.loc.gov/law/guide/chile.html
Contains legal and general information about Chile with links to other Web sites. Includes information on the constitution, executive branch, judicial branch and legislative branch.

Jurist: World Law
Location: http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/world/chile.htm
University of Pittsburg School of Law. Contains the constitution, legislation on human rights, and information about the Chilean legal system.

Loyola University Chicago, School of Law Library: Chile
Location: http://www.luc.edu/law/library/research/chile.shtml
Includes general information about Chile, the Constitution, human rights, free trade agreements, and more.

World Legal Information Institute
Location: http://www.worldlii.org/catalog/2353.html
Guide to Chilean legislation, case law, treaties, government, and more.

        



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