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Mexico's New Strategy Against Corruption: A Conversation with Santiago Nieto

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s new approach to ending corruption involves a little used tool: financial intelligence. Investigating suspicious transactions has proved essential to discovering entire networks of shell companies, influence peddling and money laundering. Between 2018 and 2019, Mexico’s Financial Intelligence Unit has doubled the number of intelligence reports passed on to the Mexican Attorney General’s Office to investigate and prosecute corruption by former top government officials and prominent private figures.

At this event, Santiago Nieto, director of Mexico’s Financial Intelligence Unit, discussed how this new strategy has improved the rule of law in Mexico, as well as plans to develop a national system against money laundering and terrorism financing.

This event was sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for the United States and Mexico. Follow @BakerInstitute on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerMexico.




9:00 a.m. — Breakfast
9:30 a.m. — Presentation


Featured Speaker

Santiago Nieto, Ph.D., is the director of the Financial Intelligence Unit in Mexico's Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit. Between 2015 and 2017, he was the federal special prosecutor for electoral offenses. He became a researcher at the Institute of Judicial Investigations of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 2014. Between 2008 and 2013, he served as a regional electoral magistrate, including acting as the president of a Federal Regional Court under the Federal Electoral Tribunal for three years. Nieto is also a research professor and a member of the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores, SNI, Level II. He has authored nine books, including “Without Affinities or Phobias: Memories of an Uncomfortable Prosecutor” (Grijalbo, 2019), “Control of the Conventionality and the Constitutional Reform with Respect to Human Rights” (Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federación, 2014), “Personal Rights in the Time of Gender (on Women, Feminism and Rights)” (Instituto Electoral del Estado de México, 2015) and “Interpretation and Judicial Reasoning in Electoral Matters: A Rights-based Interpretation” (UNAM, 2005). Nieto holds a Ph.D. with honors from UNAM. He received a law degree from the University of Queretaro.


About the Mexico Forum

Mexico Forum members are individuals and corporations that provide general support to the policy research activities and programs of the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice University’s Baker Institute. Members have access to center experts and guests, to policy briefs and events on developments regarding the U.S.-Mexico relationship and recognition on the Center’s website. To learn more about membership, please contact Lisa Guáqueta at or 713-348-2649.



Wed, Aug. 28, 2019
9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


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