Manuel José Barros

+56 2 2928 2211

His practice focuses on environmental law, including the Environmental Impact Assessment System, environmental audits, administrative proceedings and litigation. Also, on mining and energy project development and contracts and regulatory aspects of natural resources.


  • Melón on a claim for environmental damage initiated by the Quintero Bay fishermen's union against all the companies in the area.
  • Cielo Wind on environmental matters related to the development of the Peñasco Ventoso Wind Farm project.
  • Sherwin Williams on environmental and regulatory matters and in administrative procedures before different authorities.
  • Compañía Minera Nevada on administrative and judicial proceedings before the Superintendence of Environment and the 2° Environmental Court.
  • Sichuan Tianqi on the performance of an environmental due diligence process with regards to Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM), the largest lithium and other non-metallic minerals producer in Chile, in connection with the potential acquisition of an important related company.
  • Paz Corp on environmental matters related to the development of its projects.
  • A large sanitary company on sanctioning procedures before the Superintendence of the Environment and on environmental and regulatory matters.
  • A mining company on a sanctioning procedure before the Superintendence of the Environment and on environmental and regulatory matters.


  • Recognized in Environment, The Legal 500.
  • Recognized in Environment, Best Lawyers.
  • Recognized in Environment, Top Ranked Legal.


  • Member of the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation between Chile and Canada (since 2020).
  • Professor of Environmental Law, Degree in Environmental Law and Sustainability, Universidad Católica de Chile (since 2017).
  • Visiting Attorney at Eversheds LLP, London (2015-2016).
  • Internship in the area of financing of renewable energy projects, Gaiagen Limited, London (2015).
  • Chief of Staff of the Vice Minister of Environment (2013).
  • Chief of Staff of the Director of the Environmental Assessment Agency (2013-2014).
  • Teaching Assistant of Environmental Law, Universidad Católica de Chile (since 2012).
  • Member of the Chilean Bar Association.


  • Co-author of "Towards a Sustainable State: The Role of the Ministry of Environment and Ministry Council of Sustainability", "Temas de Actualidad. Diplomado en Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo Sustentable", Universidad Católica de Chile (2015).
  • Author of "Contractual Valuation of a Guarantee over Time. Commentary to a Girona’s Audience ruling dated on September 16th, 2011", "Derecho Corporativo. Jurisprudencia comentada", Thomson Reuters and Legal Publishing Chile (2012).


  • Law, Universidad Católica de Chile.
  • Master of Science in Environmental Policy & Regulation, The London School of Economics and Political Science (Chevening Scholarship) (2015).
  • Degree in Administrative Law, Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (2014).
  • Exchange student, University of North Carolina, United States (2009).


  • Chile (2012).


  • Spanish.
  • English.

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