Senior Researcher

Through her advocacy, academic, and creative work, Layda Negrete has spent two decades working to transform Mexico’s criminal justice system. In 2012, she co-produced the documentary film Presumed Guilty, which went on to win more than twenty awards at international film festivals including the Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism. Presumed Guilty has held the record for most viewed documentary in Mexico. In addition to her work in documentary film, Layda was a researcher at Mexico City’s Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (el CIDE) where she helped found the Department of Legal Studies and served as chair for the Law program. Before teaching at el CIDE, Layda worked as a clerk at Mexico’s Federal Supreme Court. Currently, she works as senior researcher at the World Justice Project, a prominent think tank devoted to promoting rule of law in the world. Layda holds a bachelor’s degree in law from el Instituto Técnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), a master’s degree in Law and Public Policy from University of California at Berkeley, and she is currently completing her Ph.D. at Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.