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A Mexican Utopia: Book Launch & Discussion of the Rule of Law in Mexico

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Webcast Recap

The Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute was pleased to host a book launch and discussion of the rule of law in Mexico. Wilson Center Global Fellow Luis Rubio presented his book A Mexican Utopia: The Rule of Law is Possible. After his presentation, several leading analysts discussed the development of the rule of law in Mexico, noting challenges and offering policy prescriptions. 

Download the book here, available in both English and Spanish.
 

"The proposal of the book is very simple, and appears utopian, thus its title: the President makes the Rule of Law his own and decides not to violate its elementary principles for the sake of expediency. That is, he break with all legal, presidential and political tradition that has historically permitted presidents to adapt the laws to their own needs and convenience, to impose their will on legislative and judicial powers, to control the state governors and, in short, enjoy enormous, albeit temporary, power. As practially all former presidents have found after their mandate, that power was in the last analysis ephemeral. The proposal is to institutionalize political power by means of the elevation of the Rule of Law by the President of the Republic."
                    -Luis Rubio, A Mexican Utopia: The Rule of Law is Possible

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Introduction:

Duncan Wood
Director, Mexico Institute

Book Presentation:

Luis Rubio
Global Fellow & Advisory Board Member, Mexico Institute
President, Center of Research for Development (CIDAC)

Panelists: 

Luis de la Calle
Advisory Board Member, Mexico Institute
Founding Partner & Managing Director, De la Calle, Madrazo, & Mancera

Edna Jaime
Founder & Director, México Evalúa

Veronica Ortiz-Ortega
Political Analyst, El Economista and Canal del Congreso

Moderator: 

Amb. Jeffrey Davidow
Advisory Board Member, Mexico Institute
Senior Counselor, Cohen Group

Speakers

  • Luis Rubio

    Global Fellow
    Mexico Institute Advisory Board Member & President, Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales (COMEXI) Chairman, Center for Research for Development (CIDAC), Mexico
  • Edna Jaime

    Founder & Director, México Evalúa
  • Verónica Ortiz-Ortega

    Political Analyst, El Economista and Canal del Congreso
  • Luis de la Calle

    Mexico Institute, Advisory Board Member and Managing Director, De La Calle, Madrazo & Mancera and former Undersecretary, Ministry of Economy, Mexico
    Managing Director, De La Calle, Madrazo & Mancera and former Undersecretary, Ministry of Economy, Mexico
  • Jeffrey Davidow

    Board Member
    Senior Counselor, The Cohen Group
  • Duncan Wood

    Director, Mexico Institute