The Mexican Supreme Court and the Transition to Democracy

Project Team: Andrea Castagnola, Saúl López Noriega and Gustavo Marín Hernández

Timeframe: 01/07/2013 -

After more than 70 years of uninterrupted authoritarian government headed by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), in 2000 the country formally began the transition to democracy. This new political scenario had evidently shaken most of the foundations of the political institutions, and thus, it has become essential to study the new role of the Supreme Court in order to obtain a more accurate and detailed diagnosis of the performance of its justices under this new political reality. Under this new context inevitable questions emerged: How have the justices interpreted the Constitution? What is the relation of the Court with the other political institutions? How much autonomy do justices display in their decisions? Has the Court considered the necessary adjustments to face the challenges of democracy? This project seek to tackle these questions and contribute to the judicial politics and democratization literatures.

Forthcoming publications:

  1. Castagnola, A. and López Noriega, S. (eds.) Judicial Politics in Mexico: The Supreme Court and the Transition to Democracy. Routledge: New York (2016). https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138697829
  2. Castagnola A. and López Noriega, S. “Are Mexican Justices True Arbitrers Among Political Elites? An Empirical Analysis of the Court´s rulings from 2000-2011” In Judicial Politics in Mexico: The Supreme Court and the Transition to Democracy, A. Castagnola and S. López Noriega. Routledge: New York (2016)
  3. *Castagnola A. and López Noriega, S. “The Supreme Court and the (no) Rights Revolution. An Empirical Analysis of the Court´s rulings from 2000-2011” In Judicial Politics in Mexico: The Supreme Court and the Transition to Democracy, A. Castagnola and S. López Noriega. Routledge: New York (2016)

Spanish translated version

Castagnola A. and López Noriega, S. (eds.). 2016. El Rol de la Suprema Corte en la Consolidación Democrática en México. IIJ-UNAM and Tirant lo Blanch: Mexico

http://www.tirant.com/mex/libro/el-rol-de-la-suprema-corte-en-la-consolidacion-democratica-de-mexico-andrea-castagnola-9788491191100

 

http://www.monitorjudicial.itam.mx/