Arturo Fermandois, born in Santiago, Chile, is the current Ambassador of Chile to the United States. He studied Law at the Catholic University of Chile. Upon graduation, the Ambassador received the Monsignor Carlos Casanueva Award for outstanding academic achievement and student leadership (1987).
Mr. Fermandois was in-house counsel at the legal division of Banco del Estado de Chile from 1987-1996, where he was also Secretary of the Board. In 1993, the Government of Chile granted Ambassador Fermandois its prestigious national scholarship for graduate studies and became a Fulbright scholar.
Ambassador Fermandois holds a M.A. degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1994). In Chile, he joined the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement negotiating team at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 1996, he founded Fermandois, Evans and Co., LLP, a law firm specialized in Administrative and Constitutional law. His private practice, which included exhaustive Supreme and Constitutional court litigation, legal research and analysis, lasted until his appointment as Ambassador to the United States. Ambassador Fermandois also has a prestigious academic career. He was appointed Professor of Constitutional Law and Advanced Constitutional Law at the Catholic University of Chile, courses he teaches since 1996. In 2009, the University awarded him the prestigious Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2004-2005 he spent a semester as visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, then joining the Harvard University’s DALC (Dean’s Alumni Leadership Council at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government).
In Chile, Mr. Fermandois is member of the Legal Circle of ICARE, a prominent Chilean organization that promotes excellence in entrepreneurship and business administration. He is a member of the Chilean Association of Constitutional Law, and an Arbitrator at the Center of Arbitration and Mediation of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce since 2009 to date.
Ambassador Fermandois has written several books, among them: Economic Constitutional Law (1st edition 2001, 2nd edition 2006) and Applied Constitutional Law (2008). He is co-author of Constitutional Reform 2005, and editor of the annual selection book of top Chilean judicial decisions, Supreme and Constitutional Court Review (years 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008). Mr. Fermandois has published more than 40 specialized articles in Chilean and foreign law reviews, and wrote weekly legal commentaries on jurisprudence in the daily constitutional newsletter Informe Constitucional for 5 years. One of his papers on the American legislative system is titled, The Fast Track Negotiating Authority: Origins and Legal Effects (published in Revista del Abogado, Lawyer’s Magazine, 1996).
Mr. Fermandois studied violin for five years, and also founded a classic rock band in which he enjoys to sing and play the electric guitar. The group often performs at schools, NGOs and other informal celebrations.
He is married to Carolina Santa Cruz and they have five children.