Hernán Larraín Fernández (born September 21, 1947) is a conservative Chilean lawyer, university lecturer, and politician; he is the current Chilean Minister of Justice and Human rights appointed by president Sebastián Piñera. Larraín's former public service positions include a Senate seat representing the 11th district, the Maule Region (1994-2010), the Presidency of the Senate (2004-2005) and the presidency of the Independent Democratic Union (Unión Demócrata Independiente, UDI) from 2006-2008 and 2015-2017[1]. The UDI is a conservative political party with strong links to the Opus Dei, that opposes abortion[2] and has historically supported Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.[3] His appointment as Minister of Justice and Human rights has been controversial[4] despite his attempt to distance himself from the UDI's ideology regarding human rights to achieve a more conciliatory tone as a minister.[5]

Hernán Larraín
Minister of Justice and Human Rights
Assumed office
March 11, 2018
PresidentSebastián Piñera
Preceded byJaime Campos Quiroga
President of the UDI
In office
April 11, 2015 – January 7, 2017
Preceded byErnesto Silva
Succeeded byJacqueline van Rysselberghe
In office
July 1, 2006 – July 5, 2008
Preceded byJovino Novoa
Succeeded byJuan Antonio Coloma
President of the Senate of Chile
In office
March 16, 2004 – March 11, 2005
Preceded byAndrés Zaldívar
Succeeded bySergio Romero
Senator for South Maule
In office
March 11, 1994 – March 11, 2018
Preceded bySergio Onofre Jarpa
Succeeded by constituency abolished
Personal details
Hernán Larraín Fernández

(1947-09-21) September 21, 1947 (age 72)
Santiago, Chile
Political partyIndependent Democratic Union
Other political
Alianza por Chile
Spouse(s)Magdalena Matte Lecaros
Children6 children
Alma materPontifical Catholic University of Chile

Larraín is married to Magdalena Matte, a Chilean civil engineer, businesswoman and politician involved in the Kodama case. They have six children, among them is Pablo Larraín, a well known film maker. Hernán Larraín is of Basque descent.[6] He is also a member of Washington D.C. based think tank the Inter-American Dialogue.[7]

Early yearsEdit

Hernán Larraín was born in Santiago de Chile. He studied at the Saint George's College. He entered the School of Law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and received a law degree in 1971. At the university, Larraín obtained the "J.Tocornal" and "P.Montenegro" awards, given to the best student of the class. Larraín received a scholarship from the Ford Foundation to pursue his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree at the London School of Economics.

Larraín has been professor of the School of Law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, where he served as Secretary-General. Despite having belonged to the Gremialista movement, he did not join the Independent Democratic Union until after the assassination of its founder Jaime Guzmán in 1991.


  1. ^ "Hernán Larraín Fernández Reseñas Biográficas" [Hernan Larrain biography by the Chilean Senate Library] (in Spanish). Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  2. ^ Soto, Mariajosé (18 October 2017). "UDI pide a Piñera eliminar causal de riesgo de vida de la madre en despenalización del aborto" (in Spanish). Tele13. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  3. ^ Valdivia Ortiz de Zárate, Verónica (25 January 2016). "La unión demócrata independiente (udi): un caso de conservadurismo modernizador en Chile" [Union democrata independiente (udi): a case of modernizing conservatism in Chile]. Nuevo Mundo Mundos Nuevos (in Spanish). doi:10.4000/nuevomundo.68811. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  4. ^ "La cruel paradoja: Hernán Larraín, ministro de Justicia y Derechos Humanos".
  5. ^ "Hernan Larrain opina sobre el Museo de la Memoria".
  6. ^ http://www.chileazul.cl/foro/index.php?topic=27022.0;wap2 Archived 2012-02-26 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Inter-American Dialogue | Hernan Larraín". www.thedialogue.org. Retrieved 2017-04-12.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Hernán Larraín at Wikimedia Commons

Political offices
Preceded by
Andrés Zaldívar
President of the Senate of Chile
Succeeded by
Sergio Romero
Preceded by
Jovino Novoa
President of the Independent Democratic Union
Succeeded by
Jacqueline van Rysselberghe