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Ministry of Justice and Human Rights

The Justice and Human Rights Ministry is contributing to Chile’s development by modernizing the justice system. It promotes standards and policies that aim to facilitate access, the protection of people’s rights, social reinsertion and public security, all within a framework of respect for human rights.

Hernán Larraín


Mr. Larraín holds a Law Degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a Master’s Degree in Law from London University. He has been a professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Law School since 1984, and served as Vice Rector of the same institution from 1976 to 1986. He was also a member of the Presidential Higher Education Committee.

A Senator since 1994, he served as Chair of the Unión Demócrata Independiente (UDI) party from 2006 to 2008 and 2015 to 2017. When he won his third term in 2009 for the Maule Region, he obtained the first national majority. He was Senate President in 2004 under the administration of President Ricardo Lagos.

During his prestigious legislative career, Mr. Larraín has served on the following standing committees: Government, Constitution, Legislation and Justice, Foreign Affairs, Education, Agriculture, Human Rights, Labor, and Ethics and Transparency. He is currently a member of the Inter-American Dialogue. Mr. Larraín was one of the sponsors of the Transparency Law.

He is married to Magdalena Matte Lecaros, with whom he has six children.

Lorena Recabarren


Ms. Recabarren holds a Law Degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a Doctorate in Political and Social Sciences from Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. She served as the Executive Director of the Studies Center of thinktank Horizontal, where she coordinated committees on different areas of public policy and the programming teams of the Political Axis of the Program of Government of the Evópoli candidate, Senator-elect Felipe Kast, during the 2017 presidential primaries.

During the first administration of President Sebastián Piñera, she worked in the Research Division of the Ministry Secretary General of the Presidency from April 2011 to March 2014, where she provided political and legal consulting services for bills and engaged in research on important political issues and political analysis.

Over the past few years, she has taught in Political Science departments and institutes at various universities, including Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad Diego Portales.

Ms. Recabarren is the mother of two children and an active member of Evópoli.

Sebastián Valenzuela

Subsecretario de Justicia

Abogado de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso y Magíster en Derecho Penal y Ciencias Penales de esa casa de estudios.  Entre 2018 y 2019 se desempeñó como Jefe de la División Jurídica del Ministerio de Justicia y Derechos Humanos y entre 2010 y 2013 fue Jefe de la División de Reinserción Social de la misma cartera. Entre 2013 y marzo de 2014 ejerció como Subsecretario de Justicia (s).

Entre 2012 y 2013 fue Secretario Ejecutivo de la Comisión Coordinadora del Sistema de Justicia Penal

Dentro de su marcada vocación de servicio público, también realizó labores como Defensor Penal Público, entre los años 2006 y 2010.

En el ámbito docente, a lo largo de su carrera se ha desempeñado como profesor de Derecho Penal y Derecho Procesal en distintas universidades, además de haber impartido clases en la Academia Judicial, y en Escuelas de Formación Judiciales y Penitenciarias Latinoamericanas.

Está casado y tiene tres hijos.