Top Chilean Court Denies Access to Attorney Names

5 February 2014

The Chilean Supreme Court has declared as proprietary information the names of the lawyers who represented Chile in Court of International Justice in The Hague in a case involving a maritime claim by Peru.

The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision (in Spanish) also denied access to information about fees paid to the lawyers.

In doing so, the court overruled a decision of the Sixth Chamber of the Court of Appeals of Santiago in November that had supported a decision by the Council on Transparency.

The Supreme Court said that the decision to release the names and fees is in the exclusive authority of the government to determine based on whether doing so would affect the conduct of international relations.

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