Carrió was born in 1956. She finished her elementary and secondary
education in the Province of Chaco. She received her law degree from
the National University del Nordeste in 1978 and a doctorate in
Public Law (Ph.D.) (her doctoral thesis is still pending) from the
National University del Litoral.
Since the beginning, her work has been focused on the construction
of a Republic that cannot exist without a democratic system, as no
democracy is possible without justice and truth.
In October 2005 she was elected to Congress as National Deputy from
the City of Buenos Aires, with twenty percent of the votes as the
Support for an Egalitarian Republic Party (ARI) candidate. Ms.
Carrió is the General Coordinator of the Hanna Arendt Institute for
Political and Cultural Studies that she founded in 2004 and has
already received over 4,000 students.
In 2003, as candidate of the newly created ARI Party, Ms. Carrió was
the first female presidential candidate that won nearly three
million votes in Argentine history. The vice-presidential candidate
of the ticket, Gustavo Gutiérrez, was a member of the commission
headed by Ms. Carrió that investigated money-laundering allegations
The ARI Party has a nationwide presence, a collective decision-making
body with an equal representation of men and women, a bloc of
fourteen national deputies, mayors, councilmen and provincial
legislators. Under the ARI philosophy, politics entails the capacity
to invent, to mediate between desire and action within a moral space.
A capacity to create a new culture that leads to an alternative form
of exercising power.
- In 1994 she was elected delegate to the Constitutional Reform
Convention, and a member of the Drafting and International Treaties
- She was elected National Deputy for the Province of Chaco for the
period 1995-1999, and reelected for the period 1999-2003.
In the Argentine Chamber of Deputies:
As National Deputy, Ms. Carrió worked intensively during her two
previous mandates, proposing and advancing important bills. Her
legislative proposals can be read in her personal website:
She founded and chaired the Alternative for a Republic of Equals (ARI)
She was a member of the Impeachment and Constitutional Affairs
Committees. During the period 2000-2001 she chaired the
Constitutional Affairs Committee.
Between May and November 2001, she headed a Lower House Special
Investigative Committee on Money Laundering Activities.
It was in March 2001, on the occasion of the parliamentary debate on
the granting of special powers to the Executive, when Deputy Carrió
decided to resign from the Radical Civic Union Party.
On May 17 of the same year, the new political party Alternative for
a Republic of Equals was officially presented at a great public
ceremony organized at the Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires. For the
history of ARI also see elisacarrio.com.ar.
In her present parliamentary mandate she is a member of the
following House Committees: Constitutional Affairs, General
Legislation, Public Works and Communications and Information
In recognition of her work, Ms. Carrió has received numerous
nominations, awards and distinctions:
Parliamentary Award for her legislative work in 1996, 1997 and 1999.
Konex Merit Diploma (1998) as the best Legislator of the last ten
Nominated for COAS Woman of the Year Award (1998). The COAS
Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides financial
assistance to public hospitals.
“Actitud de Vida” Award. Alicia Moreau de Justo Foundation.
Golden Medal awarded by the Professional Workers’ Social Insurance
Fund Coordinating Unit in recognition to her outstanding performance
as the 1994 Constitutional Convention Delegate.
“International Women’s Day” Award, awarded by the Association of
Women Executives of Tourism Companies (AFEET).
NEXO Award (1998), for her efforts against discrimination.
Positions in the Judiciary:
Assistant Prosecutor appointed to the General Attorney’s Office of
the Chaco Superior Court of Justice (equivalent to the position of
an appellate judge).
Academic teaching experience:
At the National University del Nordeste Law School (UNNE), she
served as a full Professor of “Constitutional Law” and “Political
Law” and chaired the “Introduction to Law” Department.
She served as Assistant Director of the UNNE Institute of Political
Science and Philosophy.
In view of her academic record, Ms. Carrió has been a member of the
Professor Selection Committee for the Constitutional Law Department,
University of Buenos Aires.
Published books and works:
“La Educación como política central del porvenir”; “La nueva matriz
del saqueo” (2006).
With the contribution of Diana Mafia she compiled and wrote
“Búsquedas de sentido para una nueva política”, published by the
Anna Arendt Institute and Ediciones Paidós (2005).
In 2005, she also contributed to the collective work “La concepción
del poder desde las mujeres” (Idea Foundation – Arendt Institute).
“Hacia un Nuevo contrato moral”. Speeches and reflections on the
national reality. Editorial Norma, 2004. Three sold out editions.
She coauthored the book “Recurso de Inconstitucionalidad Local”.
Other published works: “Interpretando la Constitución” and “Acerca
de la praxis interpretativa constitucional”.
Ms. Carrió is a regular columnist for Argentine national newspapers
and many of her opinions and reflections have been published in Law,
Sociology and Political Science Journals, and national and foreign
magazines and newspapers.
In its summer 2001 issue, the Ciudadanos magazine (FAI/Corregidor)
published one of her dialogues, “The epic of words”.
Ms. Carrió has written the prologues to a number of works on her
Institutional and Academic activities 
Member of a discussion panel organized by the Washington Office on
Latin America, on issues of hemispheric concern. Washington, D.C.
Guest participant at the "Emerging Leaders of the Western
Hemisphere: Challenges of the 21st Century" Conference. Governing
Council of the Society for International Development. Inter-American
Development Bank. Washington, D.C. June 1997.
Participant, invited to become a regular member, to the “Women's
Leadership Conference of the Americas”. An Inter-American Dialogue -
International Center for Research on Women. Washington, D.C. July
Guest speaker at the “National Assembly and Constitutional Reforms
in Ecuador” Seminar. Andean Parliament. Quito, Ecuador. July 1997.
Guest Member of the Executive Committee of the Legislative Leaders
of the Americas Network - Inter-American Dialogue – Organization of
American States. Washington, D.C. March 1998.
Guest panelist at the “International Conference on Minimum Wages in
Brazil”. Federal Senate. Brasilia, Brazil. August 1998.
Participant and Permanent Member of the “Preparatory Session for the
Inter-American Dialogue Annual Meeting”. Lima, Perú, October 1998.
Participant as member of the Executive Committee at the “Legislative
Leaders of the Americas Network First Meeting”. Inter-American
Dialogue (OAS). Dominican Republic, November 1998.
Guest speaker invited by the Center for Political Studies and the
Institute of Latin American Studies, Université de Paris 1-Sorbonne
to deliver several speeches on “Society, Politics and Education in
Argentina” and participate in working meetings with members of the
Council of the State, and prestigious personalities from the
business and academic fields. Paris, France. December 1998.
Member of the Argentine Delegation to the “101º Interparliamentary
Conference”. Brussels (Belgium), April 1999, where the conflict
originated by the Senate seat corresponding to the Province of Chaco
Participant, as a regular member, of the “2nd Plenary Meeting of the
Women’s Leadership Conference (WLCA)”. Inter-American Dialogue.
Washington, D.C. USA. April 1999.
In April 2006, she is invited to deliver a number of lectures at the
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and the
George Washington University, USA.
On June 14, 2006 presented her book “La concepción del poder desde
las mujeres”, before the National Congress of Uruguay, as a
participant of a discussion panel also attended by Deputy Beatriz
Argimón, from the Bicameral Women’s Caucus, and the House Speaker
Julio Cardozo Ferreira. She was also a participant of a Women in
Politics meeting, attended by the ARI Secretary General, Elsa
Quiroz, former national deputies Patricia Walsh (United Left Party),
and Patricia Bullrich (Union for All Party), Buenos Aires
legislators María Eugenia Estenssoro and Teresa de Anchorena (ARI)
(all of them from Argentina), Daniela Paysse, President of the Human
Rights Committee from the House of Representatives of Uruguay,
Margarita Reyes, Secretary Assistant of the House of Representatives
and Uruguayan deputy Adriana Peña.
In August 2006, she gave a lecture in Lima, Perú, with the Peruvian
Minister of Women’s Issues, Virginia Borrá.
In September, she participated in a meeting of Paraguayan and
Argentine women in Asunción, Paraguay, as a Speaker in the “The New
Conception of Power: ethics and politics in government and the
citizen’s role” Seminar, also attended by the President of the
Paraguayan Congress, Enrique González Quintana, the Lower House
Speaker, Víctor Bogado and the Head of the Institute for
Citizenship, Elba Recalde.
b) In Argentina:
Panelist at the 1st Regional Seminar of Magistrates for Democracy.
“Democratic Justice” Civil Association. October 1996.
Panelist at the Commemorative Symposium to celebrate the 50º
Anniversary of the promulgation of the “Women Voting Rights Act”
(Law 13010). Subject: women in politics. Eva Perón Historical
Research Foundation. September 1997.
Panelist at the “Human Development and Education” Seminar. Human
Development Institute of the National University of General
Sarmiento and FUNDAPART (Participation Foundation). December 1997.
Guest speaker at the Panel Discussion on “The Situation of Women in
Argentina: Achievements and Challenges”, within the framework of
International Women’s Day commemoration. UN Information Center for
Argentina and Uruguay. March 1998.
Guest panelist at the “Ethics and Politics” Seminar. Subject:
Political parties and ethics. Argentine Senate Vice-President’s
Office. Ministry of Culture and Education and UNESCO local office.
Panelist at the “Giancarla Codrignani in Buenos Aires” public
conferences. Women and Democracy. University of Buenos Aires. May
Panelist at the “Basic guidelines regarding the rules that govern
the Magistrates Council”. “Democratic Justice” Civil Association.
Guest speaker at the National University of La Plata. “Women,
Politics and Power”. School of Law and Social Sciences. June 1998.
Guest speaker at the “Democratic Transformations. A Progressive
Alternative to the Neoliberal Model” International Colloquium.
Subject: Social Policies. Club de Cultura Socialista José Arico.
Panelist at the “Second National and International Congress on
Public Law. Seminar on Justice and Politics in times of
Globalization”. Subject: Impunity and its social impact.
Panelist at the “Economic Crimes and Institutional Security”
Symposium. Subject: Legislative Proposals on the Prevention of
Legalization of Assets of illicit origin. Novum Millenium
Foundation. October 1998.
Panelist at the “Ethics in Organizations and Business Transparency”.
Subject: Ethics in Political Organizations: the costs of political
corruption. Managing transparency. October 1998.
Panelist at the “Proposed Institutional Quality Index and its
indicators” Seminar. Subject: Corruption and Transparency as
institutional quality indicators. Compromiso Ciudadano. November
Panelist at the “Right to Information and Right to Privacy” Seminar.
“Legislative proposals, Habeas Regulation, Access to Information
Act, Personal Data Protection Act, and others”. Buenos Aires Bar
Association – Roberto Noble Foundation. December 1998.
Participant in the “Pesos and Votes” debate. Conciencia Association.
Guest panelist at the “A social agenda for the decade” Seminar.
Subject: Work and Citizenship. Citizenship Expansion and Equality
Forum. April 1999.
Lecturer at the “The Supreme Court and reelection: constitutional
interpretation or political corruption?” Seminar. Subject: The
political opinion. Novum Millenium Foundation. April 1999.
Panelist at the FARN Second Colloquium on Public Policy Proposals
for a Sustainable Development. Subject: Right of access to
information. June 1999.
Guest speaker at the cycle of conferences organized by the Argentine
Business Women’s Association. June 1999.
Panelist at the “Consensus Policies for an Integral Judicial Reform”
Seminar. Subject: Justice and Corruption. Novum Millenium
Foundation. June 1999.
Panelist at the International Seminar on Education, Justice and
Social Integration between philosophies and policies. Invited by the
Center for Multidisciplinary Studies (Foundation), Seminar organized
by the Cem, Ciepp, Cepc and Appeal. Rosario, August 1999.
Guest lecturer at the Human Rights Department of the National
University of Entre Ríos Education School. 2000.
In February 2001, she participated in the Hearings organized by the
US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations regarding the
laundering of money of illicit origin.
Panelist at the International Seminar on Education and Intellectual
Emancipation, invited by the Educational Sciences School. National
University of Entre Ríos. April 2001.
In November 2004, together with International IDEA (Institute for
Democracy and Electoral Assistance) the “Forum of Latin American
Women Political Leaders in Buenos Aires”, where a group of Latin
American political women from different social strata and with
different ideologies met to discuss women’s idea of power. This year
the results of this forum were presented in a book titled “La
concepción del poder desde las mujeres”, published by IDEA.
Organized by the Arendt Institute, she participated in the following
2006. Working breakfast on “The creative responsibility: an
approximation to poetry”, with philosopher Santiago Kovadloff,
2005. Working breakfast on “The media and the concentration of media
ownership”, with journalist Jorge Lanata.
Working breakfast on “The post-electoral panorama in Argentina”,
with journalist Nelson Castro.
2004. Working breakfast on “Utopias”, with priest and philosopher
“Truth, power and communication” Open Conference, with journalist
“Truth, power and art” Open Conference, with writers Esteban
Peicovich and Mempo Giardinelli.
She has taught different modules as part of the programs presently
offered by the Arendt Institute: “Power, truth and the issue of the
other”, in 2004, “The State-Nation crisis: future scenarios” in
2005, and “Time, domination and freedom” in 2006.
 Only some activities are mentioned.