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Mexico’s Petite Révolution: Justice and Security Implications of Approving a Fully New Code of Judicial Procedures

Mexico’s Federal Congress is about to vote on a bill that represents the most profound change to Mexico’s judicial procedures since its revolution. This is a silent but quite consequential change, happening right at our border, which will powerfully affect how justice is secured and executed. The bill proposes the creation of a Single Code of Penal Procedures, a single law that will regulate all judicial procedures in Mexico. While this was unthinkable just a couple of years ago, the bill has ignited a profound debate about the future viability of Mexico’s federalism, a country that, as of today, allows each of its 32 states to have their own independent code. Indeed, Mexico’s federal logic, according to which each state-level congress dictates the rules of their justice system, is facing a revolution.


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Viridiana Rios

Viridiana Rios

Former Global Fellow;
Columnist, El Pais; Instructor of US-Mexico politics at Harvard Summer School
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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