Gustavo Tarre is a Venezuelan attorney (Universidad Central de Venezuela, 1969). He attended the Institut International d’Administration Publique de Paris in 1971 and majored in economics and finance. Later, he obtained a graduate degree in advanced superior studies of public law at Université de Paris II (1972). In 1985, he received a diploma from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA, Caracas) from the Advanced Program in Management. He taught constitutional law at the Law School of Universidad Central de Venezuela for 27 years. For 25 years, he was a political science professor at the Universidad Simón Bolívar. He also taught at Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA) and at the Law School of Universidad Católica Andrés Bello.
Mr. Tarre was a member of the Venezuelan Congress (House of Representatives) from 1979 to 1999. He was the deputy leader and leader of the Fracción Parlamentaria de Copei (whip and minority leader) and presided over the Energy and Mining Committee, Finance Committee, and Internal Politics Committee. He was also a member of the Legislation Committee, Armed Forces Committee, and Foreign Policy Committee. During his service in Congress, he worked on legislation on the Supreme Court and judicial system, anticorruption, decentralization, congressional ethics, banking, housing, human rights, oil regulations, and Chamber of Deputies regulations, among others. He was also a member of the Presidential Commission for the State’s Reform (Comisión Presidencial para la Reforma del Estado, COPRE) for 10 years. Between 1999 and 2014, he was director-partner of the political risk consulting firm, Quórum Asuntos Públicos. From 2015 to 2016, he was a senior adviser to the Rule of Law Program at the Interamerican Dialogue in Washington, D.C., and currently, he is a contracted consultant for the Governance Program for Latin America at the Graduate School of Political Management of the George Washington University in Washington. Mr. Tarre is the author of Carta Abierta a los Copeyanos (Ediciones Centauro, 1990), El Espejo Roto, 4 de febrero de 1992 (Editorial Panapo, 1995), Luisa y Cristóbal (Fundación para la Cultura Urbana, 2005), and Solo el Poder Detiene al Poder: La Teoría de la Separación de Poderes y su Aplicación en Venezuela (Editorial Jurídica Venezolana, 2014). He is also a contributor to journals in public law and political science, magazine, and newspapers. He is fluent in Spanish, English, and French.