Graduate Studies, University of Illinois (Urbana/Champaign) (1979)
Graduate Studies, New York University (NYU) (1959)
Lawyer, University of Chile (1953)
Laura initiated her professional career in the mining industry. She was Codelco’s chief lawyer on two occasions and, earlier, Anaconda’s. She has provided legal advice to mining companies, international banks, beer companies, NGOs, and some of the main astronomical observatories operating in Chile.
In the public sphere, she has taken on various roles with significant social, political and business impact. Among these, she participated in renegotiating the nationalization of Chile’s major copper mining corporations (1973 -1974), as well as in drafting Codelco’s governing law (1976) and the statute regulating mining property (1981-1982). In 1990, President Aylwin appointed her member of the Rettig Commission, charged with investigating human rights violations resulting in death during the dictatorship in Chile. She was designated by UN Secretary General, Butros Butros-Ghali, as member of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, along with Nobel laureate, Rita Levi Montalcini, and marine biologist and film maker, Jacques Cousteau, between 1990 and 1994. The New York University Alumni Association granted her the Eugene Keoch Award, for distinguished public service (1991).
Laura was partner at Philippi, Yrarrázaval, Pulido & Brunner Law Firm (now, PPU Legal) between 1978 and 2005. She currently works as an arbitrator and renders legal opinions on contractual, astronomy and mining law.
- Practice areas: Mining/ Astronomy/ Corporate / Arbitrator