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Lessons from the Field: Innovation in Rule of Law Programming

In recent years, as resources for rule of law programming have shifted elsewhere, innovative rule of law programs have become indispensable. This symposium will focus on three particular aspects of innovation: developing holistic approaches, adapting to unexpected developments, and building sustainable programs. It will also look at ways to incorporate various actors to allow for more realistic approaches to rule of law, considering ways in which citizens resolve their day-to-day problems.

Fighting Corruption in Mexico

Mexicans, like many other people around the world, have little love for their politicians these days. In a September 2015 poll, the public ranked Mexico’s political parties and its two houses of Congress among the country’s least-trusted civic institutions. President Enrique Peña Nieto also scored badly—no surprise, given that he, his wife, and at least five senior government officials, including cabinet members, have been accused of corruption and conflict of interest in recent years.

"The Evolving Role of Brazil’s Supreme Court", by Minister José Antonio Dias Toffoli



Rule of Law Lectures Series


With Brazil confronting unprecedented economic and political challenges complicated by investigations and prosecution of large scale corruption involving major political and business actors, the country’s Supreme Federal Tribunal is fulfilling its unique role as a criminal court in addition to its traditional function as a constitutional court.

Book Launch | The Problem of Power: Mexico Requires a New System of Government

The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute invites you to a book launch and discussion on Mexico's political system. Wilson Center Global Fellow Luis Rubio will present his book, The Problem of Power: Mexico Requires a New System of Government. After his presentation, leading analysts will discuss the system of governance and concentration of power in Mexico, as well as policy prescriptions to improve Mexico's political system.

Rule of Law Lectures

Minister Dias Toffoli and Judge Sérgio Moro to Speak at the Wilson Center in July


Building on the “Brazil-United States Judicial Dialogue” of 2011 and the Wilson Center’s Rule of Law Initiative launched earlier this year, the Brazil Institute and the Washington College of Law at American University are pleased to announce a new jointly sponsored lectures series.

Is China's Door Closing?

Ever since Deng Xiaoping launched his reforms in 1978, "openness" (对外开放) has been a central tenet of Chinese policy. While the actual degree of China's openness has varied from time to time and sector to sector over the past 38 years, the trend toward greater liberalization of society, institutions, and the economy has been clear.

Mexico's Reforms and the Prospects for Growth

Over the course of the last 30 years, Mexico has diversified its commercial and industrial policies. Greater emphasis has been placed on liberalization, openness, and increasing the role of the private sector in the economy.

Between 2012 and 2014, an extraordinary set of structural reforms were approved by the Mexican Congress. The reforms were founded on a strong political consensus regarding the need for change.

The Problem of Power: Mexico Requires a New System of Government

The concentration of power, an innate feature of the regime that emerged from the Mexican Revolution, enabled a functional political system to emerge after the second decade of the 20th century because the Mexican society of that time was much simpler than the one that exists today. It was essentially rural and aspired to build an industrial economy, all of which was consistent with a government scheme of political and labor discipline. Ninety years later, circumstances are different and the concentration of power model is both dysfunctional and illegitimate.