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Security and Justice in Mexico: A View from the Bench

In recent years, Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice has played a key role in the country’s evolving democracy, determining the constitutional validity of the most important reforms passed by Congress. These have included challenges to laws regarding public security and criminal justice that went into effect under Presidents Felipe Calderón and Enrique Peña-Nieto.

At this event, Mexico Supreme Court Justice Eduardo Medina Mora examined the court’s recent opinions on Mexico’s homeland security framework and how these decisions affect the U.S.-Mexico relationship. A panel of experts also discussed President Andrés Manuel López Obrador‘s new public security strategy, which centers on the creation of a national guard composed of officials from Mexico’s Federal Police, army and navy.

This event was co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Mexico Center and the International Law Section of the Texas State Bar Association. Follow @BakerInstitute on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerMexico.




8:30 a.m.



Breakfast and Registration

9:00 a.m.




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

9:10 a.m.




Thomas H. Wilson
Chair, International Law Section, Texas State Bar Association

9:15 a.m.    

Keynote Address — Security and Justice in Mexico

Justice Eduardo Medina Mora
Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico

9:45 a.m.




10:05 am



Panel Discussion

Eduardo Bohórquez
Director, Transparencia Mexicana

Carlos Bravo Regidor
Coordinator, Journalism Program, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas

David García Sarubbi
Law Clerk, Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico

Catalina Pérez Correa
Professor and Researcher, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)

Moderated by Tony Payan, Ph.D., Director, Mexico Center, Baker Institute

11:30 a.m.




11:45 a.m.







Fri, March 29, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
Rice University's Baker Institute — 6100 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005

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