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Resolving Energy Reform Conflicts

Resolving Energy Reform Conflicts.

By Alberto Abad Suárez Ávila

The opening of Mexico’s energy sector to private investment, along with more critical public attitudes on the environmental and community toll of energy extraction activities, may increase the incidence and visibility of socio-environmental conflict in Mexico. The author discusses the history of socio-environmental conflict in Mexico, the potential emergence of such conflicts in urban and rural areas in the future, and the role the judicial branch may play in resolving socio-environmental challenges.

This paper is part of a Baker Institute Mexico Center research project examining the rule of law in Mexico and the challenges it poses to implementing the country's energy reform.