Felipe Osterling

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Felipe Osterling Parodi
President of the Senate
In office
28 July 1991 – 5 April 1992
Preceded by Máximo San Román
Succeeded by "Senate Abolished"
Member of the Senate
In office
28 July 1985 – 5 April 1992
Minister of Justice and Worship
In office
28 July 1980 – 3 August 1981
President Fernando Belaúnde Terry
Preceded by None
Succeeded by Enrique Elías Laroza
Personal details
Born (1932-05-14)14 May 1932
Lima, Peru
Died 30 August 2014(2014-08-30) (aged 82)
Political party Christian People's Party
Spouse(s) Josefina Letts Colmenares
Religion Catholic
Website www.osterlingfirm.com

Felipe Enrique Osterling Parodi (14 May 1932 – 30 August 2014)[1] was a Peruvian lawyer, writer and politician. Member and leader of the Christian People's Party, served in senior positions in the Peruvian government.


Son of Luis Felipe Osterling Parodi Irvine and Regina Garcia. Uncle prominent Peruvian lawyer Alfredo Enrique Martín Parodi Plaza, pharmacist and businessman Luis Miguel Parodi Plaza. He attended school of the Sacred Hearts Recoleta. He studied law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, from which he graduated in 1967. He did postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Law of the University of Michigan and the New York University.

Since 1957 he is professor of Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, where he has taught courses on Private International Law, Contracts and Civil Law Practice. Since 1964 as head teacher dictates the course of Obligations Law, which also was in charge at the University of Lima (1986–1989). In 1966 he attended as a visiting professor at the Universities of Notre Dame, Harvard, Georgetown, Columbia and New York.

He was Dean of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru for the period 1969–1972.

In July 1980 he was appointed Minister of Justice and Worship[2] by Fernando Belaunde Terry, as such a ministry had to refound disappeared in the Revolutionary Government of the Armed Forces remained in office until August 1981.

In the 1985 general election, he was elected Senator representing the Christian People's Party for the period 1985 to 1990. Inside the Senate, he was member of the Permanent Commission of the Congress and the Committees on National Defense and Justice and Internal Order.

In the 1990 general election, he was reelected as Senator representing his party inside the Fredemo coalition of Mario Vargas Llosa for the period 1990 to 1995. A year later he was elected President of the Senate for the legislature 1991 – 1992.[3]

With the coup of 1992, Osterling was unable to perform his duties and was even beaten by the police that restricted entry to the Congress because he was in "house arrest".[4][5] After these incidents, he returned to his law firm, and was Dean of the School of Lawyers of Lima in 1995.

In May 1993 it was incorporated as a full member of the Peruvian Academy of Law, of which he was President (2006–2008). It is also relevant academic of the National Academy of Law and Social Sciences of Buenos Aires (Argentina).

He has served as chairman of Hoechst Peruana SA, Vice Chairman of San Juan SAA Brewery, director of the Corporation Backus & Johnston SAA, vice chairman of Volcan Compania Minera SAA, Chairman of the Brewers and director of the National Society of Industries.

Today is the study's lead attorney Osterling, Vice Chairman of Volcan Compania Minera. Although he is no longer actively involved in politics, remains a member of the Christian People's Party.


  • Challenges and Achievements, in Justice, Teaching Methods of Law Obligations, Study on Monetary Obligations in Peru (1995)
  • Compendium of Civil Law, Blackberry and Old Cupboard Pages (2005).


  1. "Falleció líder pepecista Felipe Osterling a los 82 años". El Comercio. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Mainwaring, Scott (2003). Christian Democracy in Latin America: Electoral Competition and Regime Conflicts. Stanford University Press. p. 349. ISBN 9780804745987.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Middlebrook, Kevin J. (2000). Conservative Parties, the Right, and Democracy in Latin America. Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 266. ISBN 9780801863868.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Diez años después la democracia peruana goza de buena salud". El Peruano. Archived from the original on 10 October 2008. Retrieved 20 November 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Conaghan, Catherine M. (2005). Fujimori's Peru: Deception in the Public Sphere. University of Pittsburgh Press. p. 27. ISBN 9780822959434.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>