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The Inner-Workings of the Mexican Supreme Court: Opening the Black Box

Date & Time

May. 23, 2023
11:00am – 12:30pm ET


Online Only


Mexico’s Supreme Court is at the center of fundamental policy debates that will impact the country’s democratic dynamics, including not only the rules for accessing and exercising political power, but also relations with Mexico’s North American neighbors, mainly the United States.

The inner workings of the Mexican Supreme Court, some of which may prove to be highly consequential in pending cases, are largely unknown to much of the Mexican public, let alone to analysts and observers abroad. To open the black box and discuss the nuts and bolts of the Court’s mechanisms and peculiarities, including the role of the Chief Justice, the supermajority requirement for certain decisions, and the assignment of cases to justices, the Mexico Institute, Mexico Evalúa, and the Arizona State University School of Law’s Center for Constitutional Design, have assembled an expert panel. In addition to addressing the functioning of the Mexican Supreme Court, our panel will contrast its mechanisms with those of the Supreme Court of the United States. 


For a wide-ranging discussion that will illuminate the potential impact of seemingly minor institutional features on far-reaching judicial decisions, please join us on Tuesday, May 23 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm EST.

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Mexico Institute

The Mexico Institute seeks to improve understanding, communication, and cooperation between Mexico and the United States by promoting original research, encouraging public discussion, and proposing policy options for enhancing the bilateral relationship. A binational Advisory Board, chaired by Luis Téllez and Earl Anthony Wayne, oversees the work of the Mexico Institute.   Read more

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