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Julio Rios-Figueroa


Professional affiliation

Professor, ITAM (Mexico City)


  • Democracy
  • Governance

Wilson Center Projects

Authoritarian Legacies and the Winding Road to the Rule of Law in Mexico

Full Biography

Julio Ríos-Figueroa is Associate Professor at the Department of Law at ITAM in Mexico City. Ríos-Figueroa received his Ph.D. in Politics from New York University (NYU). His research focuses on comparative judicial politics, the rule of law, and empirical legal studies with a focus on the Latin American region. Prof. Rios-Figueroa's scholarly work can be found at

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Julio Rios-Figueroa

Professor, ITAM (Mexico City)
El análisis de algunos aspectos de los concursos realizados entre 1995 y 2022 nos revela que persiste el reclutamiento de juzgadores federales que favorece al personal que ya labora en el PJF y a los hombres.

Major Publications

  • Constitutional Courts as Mediators. Armed Conflict, Civil-Military Relations, and the Rule of Law in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
  • Courts in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2010. Co-edited with Gretchen Helmke))
  • Anatomy of an Informal Institution. The "Gentlemen's Pact" and Judicial Selection in Mexico, 1917-1994. (IPSR, vol. 39, no. 5. With Andrea Pozas-Loyo)