Gabriel Boric appoints a human rights expert as Chief of Staff | News
The elected president of Chile, Gabriel Boric, who makes up his government team with the intention of announcing it in the penultimate week of January, appointed lawyer Matías Meza-Lopehandía Glaesser on Tuesday as his future Chief of Staff.
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Called to become one of Boric’s main advisers, the lawyer is a member of the Social Convergence party and advised the future President during his presidential candidacy.
The press also disclosed that he was the executive secretary of his political team and worked on the government plan designed during the first part of the campaign.
Meza-Lopehandía Glaesser is considered an expert in human rights, a subject in which he has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
He is also an expert on indigenous peoples. According to Chilean media, his undergraduate thesis was called “Territory and autonomy of indigenous peoples in Chile: a view from the Chilean legal system and the urgency of recognition.”
On this subject, and together with Nancy Yáñez and José Aylwin (coordinator), he wrote the book “Indigenous peoples and the right”, which delves into the advances in legal and political recognition of the original peoples of that South American country.
Meza-Lopehandía Glaesser himself told the press that Boric and he met when they were studying at the University of Chile, between 2004 and 2005, a time when the future Chief of Staff was the president of the Center for Law Students of that house of high studies.
He currently works as an official at the Library of Congress, where he advises and analyzes future bills. He has written several press columns about the Chilean constitutional process.