Chile's Constitutional moment

Unexpectedly, a constitutional moment has arisen in Chile in the context of the protests that started in October 2019. Just a few weeks after the start of said protests, during November, most of the politically relevant parties in the country agreed on holding a referendum to let the Chilean citizens decide whether the current constitution should be replaced by a new one; the agreement also outlines a procedure and timeline for the drafting of the new constitutional text. The presentation will analyze the reasons behind the protests and how they are connected to the current constitution, originally enacted by the dictator Pinochet. Furthermore, it will try to assess the explanatory potential of political and legal terminology often used to conceptually channel constitutional breaks (especially the idea of the constituent power of the people) and highlight some particularities in the Chilean process, which might be of interest from a comparative perspective.