Urbina Molfino, Ignacio

SENIOR ASSOCIATE iurbina@bye.cl +562 23788965 Download Vcard

Ignacio has focused his practice on environmental issues, advising companies in legal disputes before environmental authorities, enforcement proceedings, compliance programs, impact assessment procedures, permitting issues, as well as strategic planning in environmental matters.

Regarding his professional experience prior to joining Barros & Errázuriz, he worked at the Environmental Superintendence-the Chilean environmental enforcement agency-first as an attorney at its Legal Division and later as the Chief of Staff of the Superintendent, where he participated directly in the setting up process of the agency and, in addition, led its international relations before agencies such as the US Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), among others.

Practice Areas


  • Law School, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile. Magna cum laude (2009)
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.),  University of Michigan, Michigan, United States (2012)
  • Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) in Environmental Law, Pace University, New York, United States (2018)

Professional Experience

  • Senior Associate, Barros & Errázuriz (2013)
  • Intern, Dominican Republic Mission to the United Nations, GA’s Second Committee (Env. Law), New York (2015).
  • Chief of Staff, Environmental Superintendence (2012)
  • Attorney, Legal Division of the Environmental Superintendence (2010)
  • Associate, Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Goldenberg, Lagos & Silva (2009)

Academic Activities

  • Professor, Environmnetal Law Diploma, Universidad de los Andes, Santiago, Chile (2019 – to date)


  • Spanish
  • English


  • Member of the Chilean Bar Association
  • Member of the International Association for Impact Assessment


  • Doctoral dissertation: “Environmental Law Enforcement in the United States and Chile: A Comparative and Functional Review”, New York, United States (2018)
  • “Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (the Standard)”. Established to implement robust requirements for safer management of tailings facilities in the mining industry, through 15 principles and 77 requirements. Comparative analysis of tailings-related legislation in key mining jurisdictions, benchmarked against the principles of the Standard, which was led by the law firm White & Case LLP, with the support of Barros & Errázuriz in Chile and other firms in several jurisdictions.