Mexico ranks poorly in global rule of law indices, scoring near the bottom on issues such as corruption, transparency, judicial system effectiveness and human and due process rights. This is a major concern for U.S.-Mexico relations because it hinders cooperation on shared issues such as law enforcement, immigration and drug trafficking continues unabated. The Mexico Center seeks to leverage the current cooperative efforts between the two countries while proposing policy alternatives for a more effective justice system and improvements to the rule of law in Mexico.
Ongoing Research Projects
This project studies the historical fragmentation of drug trafficking organizations in Mexico and the consequences it brought to the country.
This project focuses on the challenges Mexico faces in implementing energy reforms under the rule of law. It analytically and critically examines some of the key legal aspects of Mexico's new energy sector by drawing on the knowledge of scholars and experts from institutions in the U.S. and Mexico.
- State-building, the Modernization of the Legal System, and Institutional Effectiveness in Mexico: Notes on the 2013–2014 Energy Reform
- Arbitration and Investment Protection within the Context of the Energy Reform in Mexico: A First Approach based on COMMISA v. PEMEX and KBR v. Mexico
- The New Energy System in the Mexico Constitution
- Coordination of the Regulators of the Hydrocarbon Sector: Is It Optimal for the Rule of Law?
- The New Legal and Regulatory Framework of the Mexican Electrical Sector: Possibilities of Inclusion of Small and Medium-sized Companies
- The Implementation of the Energy Reform and Socio-environmental Conflicts Regarding Hydrocarbons in Mexico
- Energy Reform and Political Representation: The Importance of Negotiation and Public Deliberation
- The Role of Local Governments in the Energy Sector and Implications of the Energy Reform for Local Governments
- The Environmental Challenges of Mexico's Energy Reform
- Mexico’s constitutional anniversary: Why this centennial benchmark is important to the U.S.
- Accountability, Transparency, and Responsibility within the Scope of the Energy Reform in Mexico
- Economic Competition and the Energy Sector: The Electricity and Natural Gas Markets
- The Rule of Law and Foreign Investment in Oil: Petroleum Nationalism in Latin America and Its Implications for Mexico
- Changing Minds: Understanding Collective Violence in the Southeastern US-Mexico Border from a Public Health Perspective
- Prologue: Energy, Mexico, and "The Mexican Way"
- Looming conflicts? Energy reform priorities and the human right of access to water in Mexico
- Security, the rule of law, and energy reform in Mexico
- Impunity in Mexico: Can the country improve its protection of journalists?
- The extradition of “El Chapo” Guzman to the U.S. — A Pandora’s box is about to be opened
- Continental Energy Integration in North America: The Emergence of Nonconventional Fuels and the Restructuring of Integrative Trends
- Estado de Derecho y Reforma Energética en México (The rule of law and Mexico's energy reform)
- The Victimology of Extortion in Mexico
- The Three U.S.-Mexico Border Wars
- The right to bear arms in Mexico: Mexican senator invokes the U.S. Second Amendment
- Globalization and Organized Crime: Challenges for International Cooperation
- Mexican Armed Forces and Security in Mexico
- Understanding El Chapo’s Transfer to Juarez Prison
- Arrest of Mexican Kingpin “El Chapo” Won’t Slow Texas Drug Trade
- What Recapturing ‘El Chapo’ Means for U.S.-Mexico Relations
- El Chapo Recaptured: Effect on the Peña Administration
- El Chapo Recaptured: Implications for the Sinaloa Cartel
- El Chapo Recaptured: The Kingpin Strategy
- Dead Man Walking – The Inevitable Fate of ‘El Chapo’ Guzman
- Violence as an Epidemic: Examining Organized Crime-Related Homicides in the U.S.-Mexico Border from a Public Health Perspective
- The Coproduction of Public Safety and Organized Crime in Mexico
- A Tunnel Rat Burrows Out of a Mexican Maximum-Security Prison
- El Chapo Escapes Predictions
- Why the U.S. Needs to Help Mexico Fight Corruption
- Ciudad Juárez: Perfect Storm on U.S.-Mexico Border
- Land Ownership and Use Under Mexico’s Energy Reform
- Tapping Mexico’s Shale Gas Resources – Future Promise and Practical Challenges
- Vigilantism in Mexico: A New Phase in Mexico’s Security Crisis
- Book Presentation: The Rule of Law and Mexico's Energy Reform
- Book Presentation: The Rule of Law and Mexico’s Energy Reform
- Impunity, Corruption and the Rule of Law in Mexico
- Mexico in 2016: What’s at Stake?
- Mexico’s Rule of Law and Mexico’s Energy Reform