The Rule of Law and Mexico's Energy Reform

Between 2013 and 2014, Mexico reformed its energy industry through constitutional changes and enabling legislation that represented an unprecedented break from long-standing political and legal traditions. As one of the last countries to open its oil and gas sector to foreign investment, Mexico can learn important lessons from the experiences of other countries. However, this does not guarantee the implementation of new laws will be smooth or successful, particularly in today’s fiercely competitive and expanding international energy market.

So far, the implementation of Mexico’s new energy legislation has been problematic, fueling continued debate on how the reforms are, or are not, enforced. With this in mind, the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center and the University of Houston’s Center for U.S. and Mexican Law launched a major research effort to examine rule-of-law issues arising under the Mexican energy reform, in collaboration with the School of Government and Public Transformation of the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, the law school of the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and the Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo (CIDAC).

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1. Welcome and Introductory Remarks
2. Panel 1
3. Panel 2
4. Panel 3
5. Luncheon Keynote
6. Panel 4

 

 

 

Agenda 

7:30 am

 

 

Breakfast and Registration

8:00 am

 

 

Welcome and Introduction

Tony Payan, Ph.D.
Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and Director, Mexico Center, Baker Institute

Stephen Zamora
Director, Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, University of Houston

8:15 am

 

 

Introductory Remarks – The Rule of Law and Mexico's Energy Reform

Luis Rubio, Ph.D.
Nonresident Fellow, Mexico Center, Baker Institute; Chairmain, Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo, A.C. (CIDAC)

     

Question and Answer Session

8:45 am    

Panel I – Global Energy Markets and Investment Protection

Moderator: Oscar P. Lugo Serrato, Director, Faculty of Law and Criminology, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León

Gabriel Cavazos Villanueva, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Social Sciences and Humanities, Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

Francisco J. Monaldi, Ph.D.
Fellow in Latin American Energy Policy, Baker Institute

Isidro Morales, Ph.D.
Nonresident Scholar, Mexico Center, Baker Institute; Senior Professor and Researcher, School of Government and Public Transformation, Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

     

Question and Answer Session

10:00 am    

Break

10:15 am    

Panel II – Oversight and Legal Issues

Moderator: Stephen Zamora, Director, Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, University of Houston

Ana Elena Fierro Ferraez
Dean, Master's in Administration and Public Policy Program, and Professor, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, A.C. (CIDE)

Mara I. Hernández Estrada, Ph.D.
Research Professor, School of Government and Public Transformation, Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

Alejandro Posadas, Ph.D.
Research Professor, School of Government and Public Transformation, Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

     

Question and Answer Sesssion

11:30 am    

Panel III – Regulatory Issues

Moderator: Verónica Baz, General Director, Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo, A.C. (CIDAC)

Miriam Grunstein, Ph.D.
Nonresident Scholar, Mexico Center, Baker Institute; Professor and Researcher, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León; Chief Energy Counsel, Brilliant Energy 

Eduardo Pérez Motta
Partner, Agon Economía y Derecho

Luis Serra, Ph.D.
Chief Executive, Energy Initiative, Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

     

Question and Answer Session

12:45 pm    

Lunch

 1:10 pm    

Keynote Address – Energy Reform and Rule of Law in Mexico: The Challenges Ahead

Alejandro Ponce, Ph.D.
Chief Research Officer, World Justice Project

     

Question and Answer Session

Moderator: Tony Payan, Ph.D., Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and Director, Mexico Center, Baker Institute

 2:00 pm    

Panel IV – Social and Security Challenges

Moderator: Pablo de la Peña Sánchez, Ph.D., Director of Public Management Transformation, School of Government and Public Transformation, Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Public Affairs and Security Studies, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Miguel González Compeán
Consulting Partner, PPAL

Pilar Rodríguez Ibáñez, Ph.D. 
Professor and Researcher, Faculty of Law and Criminology, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León; National Researcher, Sistema Nacional de Investigadores del Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología

     

Question and Answer Session

 3:15 pm    

Adjourn

       
Group(s): Mexico Center

When?

Thu, Feb. 11, 2016
7:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

Where?

James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77005

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