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Transparency in Mexico: An Overview of Access to Information Regulations and their Effectiveness at the Federal and State Level

In 2015, the Mexican Congress enacted the General Transparency Law responding to organized advocacy efforts and active participation by scholars and local NGOs (including a coalition of Mexican NGOs) demanding for an enhanced and uniform access to information legislation across the country. Prior to the 2015 passage of the General Transparency Law, Mexico’s 33 separate jurisdictions —31 states plus Mexico City and the federation—imposed different legal frameworks and institutional capacities on citizens and businesses, imperiling transparency.

Corruption As a Tool, Corruption As a Crime

Alexei Ulyukayev, the Russian minister of economics, was detained last week in the latest episode of a high-ranking official being apprehended on graft charges. The scale of President Vladimir Putin’s anti-corruption drive is still a far cry from a full-blown campaign (like the one under way in China today) but it does represent a major change of climate for Russia’s many corrupt officials.  

The Evolving Role of Brazil's Supreme Court by Justice José Dias Toffoli

Inspired by the hopeful evolution of the nation’s crisis, the Brazil Institute launched in July 2016 a lecture series to explore the various institutional aspects of this historic, ongoing transformation in Latin America’s largest country. The initiative, reflective of a broader Wilson Center focus on the global fight against corruption, brings to Washington audiences the judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, legal experts, and practitioners engaged in the evolution of justice and rule of law in Brazil.

Infographic | Mexico's Rule of Law Index 2016



Infographic | Freedom of the Press in Mexico



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The Kremlin Cannot Afford to Stop Propping Up Its Constructed Reality

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