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Ernesto Vargas Weil

Ernesto Lin Vargas Weil
Key information

  • PhD title: Stability and Change in Property Law: the numerus clausus of property rights. A Comparative perspective.
  • LLB University of Chile, 2009 (summa cum laude)
  • MPP University of Chile, 2012 (summa cum laude, awarded as best student of the class)
  • LLM New York University, 2014 (Beca Chile Scholarship, NYU International Finance and Development Fellowship)
  • ernesto.vargas.18@ucl.ac.uk

Ernesto joined the UCL Faculty of Laws as a PhD student in September 2018. His research is a comparative study on the doctrinal structures that allow English and German property law to adapt itself to changing economic needs and is supported by a Peter Birks Memorial Scholarship, and has been awarded the Joseph Hume Scholarship for 2021/22. Ernesto holds a position as Assistant Professor at the Private Law Department of the University of Chile, where he has taught on contracts, property and natural resources law. He is admitted to practice in Chile and has relevant professional experience advising and litigating on domestic and international contracts, property law, mining law, green energy and infrastructure. In 2014 he interned as an NYU International Finance and Development Fellow at the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law, UNIDROIT (Rome, Italy), researching on the application of uniform law in Latin America. He has also been an invited professor at the University Adolfo Ibáñez (Santiago, Chile) and a member of the young lawyers committee of the Chilean Bar Association. He is currently the general editor of the Chilean Blog of Comparative Law. At UCL, he is currently a Teaching Fellow of the Property I Class for LLB’s and has also mentored LLM students writing Independent Research Essays. His main interests are comparative law, property law, contract law, natural resources, law and economics, law and society, legal theory and classic liberalism.

Research Supervisors

Areas of Expertise

Comparative law, contracts, property law, international sales law (CISG), natural resources, law & economics, public policies.

Research Interests

Comparative law, property law, contract law, natural resources, law and economics, law and society, legal theory and classic liberalism

UCL Associations/Academic and Professional Memberships

  • Teaching Fellow (Property I), UCL
  • Assistant Professor, Private Law Department, University of Chile
  • Editorial Board, UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence
  • Chilean Bar Association (Colegio de Abogados de Chile)

Professional Experience

  • Partner at Quinzio & Anriquez Novoa, previously Anriquez Novoa (2015-2018)
  • Associate at Anriquez Novoa (2010-2013)
  • Associate at Philippi, Yrarrázaval, Pulido & Brunner, now PPU Legal (2007-2009)

Public Engagements & Media Coverage

In English:

In Spanish:

  • Opinion column: Lo que la asamblea constituyente puede aprender de Weimar y Bonn, El Mercurio, 20th May, 2021
  • Letter to the editor: Ley de Arriendos (“The Law of Leases”), El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile, 25th November, 2020
  • Blog Entrance: Otra vez la silla musical: los arrendamientos comerciales frente a la segunda ola del covid-19 (“The musical chair again: commercial leases facing the second wave of Covid-19”), El Mercurio Legal, 20th November, 2020
  • Blog Entrance: El impacto de la crisis del Covid-19 en el derecho chileno: un drama en tres actos (“The impact of the Covid-19 Crisis in Chilean Law: drama in three acts”, CIPER , 25th July, 2020
  • Letter to the editor: Imprevisión: el juez vs. la ley (“Frustration: judges v legislators”), La Tercera, Santiago, Chile 30th May, 2020
  • Letter to the editor: Imprevisión en el Código Civil (“Frustation in the Civil Code”) (letter to the editor), El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile,  13th May, 2020
  • Letter to the editor: Caso fortuito y la silla musical (“Imposibility and the musical chair game”), El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile, 24th April, 2020
  • Blog Entrance: El caso fortuito laboral frente a la crisis sanitaria: una perspectiva civil (“Labour Law Impossibility confronting the pandemic: a private law perspective”), El Mercurio Legal, 27th March, 2020.
  • Opinion essay: Trasplantes jurídicos en Chile: desafíos y oportunidades (“Legal transplants in Chile: challenges and opportunities”), Revista del Abogado, December 2019.
  • Letter to the editor: Trust y fondos de pensiones (“Trusts and pension funds”), El Mercurio, El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile, October 2, 2019.
  • Letter to the editor: Propiedad sobre fondos de pensiones (“Property over pension funds”), El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile, September 29, 2019.
  • Letter to the editor: Liberalismo(s) (“Liberalism(s)”), El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile, June 27, 2019
  • Letter to the editor: Secreto professional (“The client-attorney privilege”), El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile, February 8, 2019.
  • Letter to the editor: Clave para el progreso (“Key for progress”), El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile, October 1, 2018.
  • Opinion essay: Función, espíritu y tradición del colegio de abogados (“Function, spirit and tradition of the Chilean Bar”), Revista del Abogado, September 2017.
  • Letter to the editor: Ética, derecho y mercado (“Ethics, law and market”), El Mercurio, Santiago Chile, November 10, 2015.
  • Letter to the editor: La Constitución y el derecho de propiedad (“The Constitution and the right of private property”), La Tercera, Santiago, Chile, October 1, 2015.
  • Letter to the editor: Educación y libertad de enseñanza (“Education and freedom of education”), La Tercera, Santiago, Chile, May 15, 2013.
  • Letter to editor (with Alvaro Anriquez): Responsabilidad de abogados (“The responsibility of lawyers”), El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile, June 5, 2012.
  • Letter to editor: La nueva "cuestión social" (“The new ‘social issue’”), El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile, August 8, 2011.

Publications

In English:

  • The CISG in Latin America: some lessons for the legal unification movement in the global south, Sooksripaisarnkit and Garimella (eds), Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, Sweet and Maxwell, Hong Kong, China, 2019, pp. 95-113.
  • Chilean High Courts Evidence Lack of Familiarity with the CISG, 21(1) Uniform Law Review (2016).
  • The Application of the CISG in Latin America: Autonomous interpretation, uniform interpretation and gap filling, 15(6) IHR – Internationales Handelsrecht (2015).

In Spanish:

  • El impacto del Covid-19 sobre el dogma de la fuerza obligatoria del contrato: el Juez vs. la Ley. 37 Revista Chilena de Derecho Privado, forthcoming.
  • Bases conceptuales para una doctrina del secreto profesional del abogado en Chile’, 48(1) Revista Chilena de Derecho, 133-155, with Alvaro Anríquez. 
  • ‘Las bases privatistas de la propiedad constitucional: una aproximación comparada’, Gabriel Hernández (ed.), El Derecho Civil en la Constitución, Tirant Lo Blanch (2021).
  • La propiedad frente a la hoja en blanco: tradición constitucional y derecho comparado 160(1) Estudios Públicos (2021).
  • ‘González c. Comercializadora S.A.’ Relaciones entre protección del consumidor y derecho contractual, Hugo Cárdenas (ed.), “Jurisprudencia Crítica”, Rubicón Editores: Santiago, Chile, 2018.
  • Hacia un Sistema de Propiedad Privada sobre el Viento en Chile, 44(1) Revista Chilena de Derecho (2017).
  • Comentario a la sentencia de la Corte de Apelaciones de Valparaíso, Rol N° 155-2013 de veintisiete de agosto de 2013, Cornejo y Larroucau (eds.), “Contratos. Jurisprudencia Civil Comentada”, Der Ediciones: Santiago de Chile, 2017.
  • Minería vs. Energías renovables: Cía. Minera Arbiodo Chile Limitada con Fisco de Chile, 23 Revista de Derecho Administrativo Económico (2016).
  • Una Crítica desde el Derecho Civil a la Jurisprudencia sobre Expropiaciones Parciales, Tapia et all. (eds.), “Estudios de Derecho Civil en Homenaje a Gonzalo Figueroa Yáñez”, Thompson Reuters: Santiago de Chile, 2014.
  • La Configuración Legal de la Libertad de Enseñanza: ¿Un caso de Captura Regulatoria?, 20 Revista Derecho y Humanidades (2012).
  • Evaluación del Sistema de Franquicias tributarias para donaciones a Universidades en Chile (with Claudia Martínez), 12 Trabajos de Investigación en Políticas Públicas (2012).
  • La Relación Jurídica Cliente-Abogado, 17 Revista Derecho y Humanidades (2011).