About me

Hi there! I’m Sebastián, a Lawyer, LL.M., and Doctoral (PhD) Candidate at Georgetown University. Originally from Chile, I now live in Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., where I’ve dedicated the past three years to work and research in Latin-American, U.S., comparative, and international legal systems.

Education

I’m a lawyer (J.D.) and LL.M. in Regulatory Law from Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (Maximum Distinction), who obtained an Environmental and Energy Law LL.M. (Distinction) at Georgetown University as an UNEP-Georgetown Global Environment and Sustainability Fellow in 2021. Currently I’m a S.J.D. (PhD Doctoral) Candidate at Georgetown University.

My areas of practice and research are environmental, energy, natural resources, and human rights. Besides the Chilean and U.S. domestic perspective, I’m also experienced in comparative and international law, especially from a Global South perspective.

Professional Experience

I practiced with two Chilean private law firms specialized on environmental law, where I litigated before environmental courts, higher courts, and advised many environmental impact assessment procedures. After that I joined the Environmental Legislation and Regulation Department of the Chilean Ministry of the Environment, where I worked in regulations to protect the water quality of lakes and rivers, as well as reviewing the climate change framework law draft.

More recently, I worked as a visiting attorney at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) in Washington D.C. under the Research & Policy team led by Sandra Nichols Tiam. At ELI I joined the Research & Policy team, improving my knowledge and understanding of legal and policy research mechanisms to address sustainable development challenges in developing countries. I conducted research on critical minerals and illegal mining in developing countries in Latin America, such as Peru and Colombia.  

Furthermore, I also worked as a Fellow at the Frontiers in Environmental Law Unit (FELU) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya, for the second half of 2023. Here I researched on environmental justice and just transition issues from the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment, geoengineering, and the advancement of the environmental rule of law, among other issues of international relevance.

Teaching

I have taught Environmental Law and Natural Resources courses at the Law School of Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (Pregrad and Graduate), and at the Economics and Business School of Diego Portales University (Graduate).

Currently at Georgetown Law, I have been Teaching Assistant at multiple courses, including the Environmental Law Scholarship Workshop. I also work as a Professor at the Legal English Program for graduate students at Georgetown, with Professor Michelle Ueland. We co-teach the Advanced Legal Scholarly Writing and Oral Communication in Law classes. Within this last position I have acquired vast knowledge and experience on Legal Research and Writing.

My Research

Law review scholarship includes over fourteen articles in English and Spanish, in three countries, in the Energy Law Journal, Environmental Law Reporter, McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law, The George Washington Journal of Energy and Environmental Law, Revista de Derecho (Coquimbo), Revista de Derecho Ambiental (UChile), among others.

I also published a book on the Chilean Environmental Impact Assessment System, prologued by Professor Jorge Bermúdez Soto, General Comptroller of the Republic of Chile. My work has already been cited in Chile by the Environmental Courts, the Supreme Court, and Congress bills.

I’m currently focused on complex environmental, energy, and regulatory crossovers during rule-making procedures, policy-making, and project implementation. I’m particularly interested in the role of regulations within the right to a healthy environment, stakeholder engagement, environmental impact assessment, energy projects, and how regulatory structures work (or not) in the face of emerging challenges such as the call for a just transition and climate change governance.

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