Héctor Hernández


Director
hhernandez@colombara.cl


Specialist in criminal law, both substantive and procedural. He was Advisor on criminal matters to the State Defense Council between 2019 and 2023. Being, one of the promoters of the new Law of Economic and Environmental Crimes. He has experience as Director of continuing education and postgraduate programs.

Experience

Since 2001, he has been an advisor or consultant in criminal matters of public institutions (such as Public Prosecutor's Office, Public Criminal Defender's Office, Ministry of Justice, National Economic Prosecutor's Office, National Customs Service, among others), in addition to being an advisor to the Criminal Committee of the State Defense Council since 2019.

During the periods of 1991-1994 and 1999-2000 he was Legal Advisor to the Technical Secretariat of the Higher Council of Education. He also workes as lawyer of the Coordinating Unit of the Criminal Procedure Reform of the Ministry of Justice (1999-2000) and counsel to the Public Prosecutor National Public Ministry (2000). He has vast experience as professor, at the Universities Diego Portales, Alberto Hurtado and Andrés Bello.

Practice Areas
Education
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Faculty of Law, Degree in Legal Sciences (1990, Chile).
  • Title of Lawyer granted by the Supreme Court of Justice (1993, Chile).
  • Title of Lawyer granted by the Supreme Court of Justice (1993, Chile). Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg, Postgraduate Studies in Law, under the direction of Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Klaus Tiedemann (Germany, 1994-1998)
  • LL.M (Germany, 1997)
  • Doctor of Law (Germany, 1998)
Academic Activities
  • Since 1999 he has been a visiting professor at various postgraduate programs, both in Chile (Universidad de Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Universidad de Valparaíso, Universidad Austral de Chile, Universidad Católica del Norte, Universidad de Concepción, Universidad de Antofagasta, among others) and abroad (Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Venezuela, Universidad de A Coruña in Spain, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Argentina, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú)
  • Since 1999 he has been a lecturer or speaker at congresses, seminars or conferences both in Chile and abroad (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Spain, Germany, Turkey, Italy)
  • Since 1999, he has been a teacher in various activities of Training for lawyers, prosecutors, judges and police officers (especially in the framework of the Criminal Procedure Reform), organized, inter alia, by the Judicial Academy, the University Promotion Corporation, the Institute of Criminal Sciences, the Institute of Judicial Studies, the Public Prosecutor's Office, the Public Defender's Office, the Council of Defense of the State, police academies and universities.
  • Professor of Criminal Law, part-time, at Universidad Andrés Bello, Director of the Criminal Law Area 2000-2002
  • Professor of Criminal Law, part-time and full-time (since 2003) at Universidad Alberto Hurtado. Director of Program of the Postgraduate in Criminal Law and first director of the Masters program in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedural Law (2007-2008)
  • Professor of Criminal Law, full-time, at Universidad Diego Portales. Director of the Criminal Law Program (research and extension in the area). Director of the Postgraduate Program in Substantive Criminal Matters (since 2009)
  • First director of the Doctorate in Law program of Universidad Diego Portales (2012-2020)
  • Interim Dean of the Faculty of Law of Universidad Diego Portals (2020)
  • Director of the Department of Criminal Law of the Faculty of Law of Universidad Diego Portales (2021)
Recognitions
  • President of the Republic, Chile, Scholarship for Undergraduate Studies (1986- 1990)
  • Scholarship of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Germany, for Postgraduate studies (1994-1998)
  • Scholarship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, for the development of a postdoctoral investigation (Bonn) (2011-2012)
  • Scholarship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, for the development of an investigation project (München) (2017)
  • Scholarship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, for the development of an investigation project (Köln) (2023)
Publications
  • Book: Strafrechtlicher Vermögensschutz vor irreführender Werbung - § 4 UWG, C.F. Müller, Heidelberg 1999 (XVI + 288 pages)
  • Book: Estándares básicos de calidad para la prestación del servicio de defensa penal pública (co-authored with Rafael Blanco, Hugo Rojas and Mauricio Decap), Colección de Investigaciones Jurídicas, Escuela de Derecho Universidad Alberto Hurtado, N° 1, Santiago 2002 (60 pages)
  • Book: “La exclusión de la prueba ilícita en el nuevo proceso penal chileno”, Colección de Investigaciones Jurídicas, Escuela de Derecho Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Nº 2, Santiago 2002 (100 pages)
  • Book: “Las salidas alternativas en el nuevo proceso penal chileno” (co-authored with Rafael Blanco and Hugo Rojas), Colección de Investigaciones Jurídicas, Escuela de Derecho Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Nº 8, Santiago 2005 (108 pages)
  • Book. “Código penal comentado. Parte general. Doctrina y jurisprudencia” (co- directed with Jaime Couso and co-authored withJorge Mera y Miguel Cillero), AbeledoPerrot (LegalPublishing Chile), Santiago 2011 (XXII + 739 pages)
  • Book: “Código penal comentado. Parte Especial. Libro 2, Título VI. Doctrina y jurisprudencia” (co-directed with Jaime Couso and co-authored with Martín Besio, Felipe Caballero and Fernando Londoño), Thomson Reuters, Santiago 2019 (XXIII + 566 pages)
  • Among other publications of Chapters, Journal Articles and other academic publications.