Out now, "Rebuilding the State Institutions: Challenges for Democratic Rule of Law in Mexico" (Eds. Le Clercq, Juan Antonio, Abreu Sacramento, Jose Pablo) presents an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to understanding the rule of law in Mexico, taking into account national particularities, the regional context, and global comparison, with a chapter on "Measuring the Rule of Law in Mexico" by WJP team members Camillo Gutiérrez, Joel Martinez, Alejandro Ponce, and Leslie Solis. 

Contemporary Mexico faces a complex crisis of violence and insecurity with high levels of impunity and the lack of an effective rule of law. These weaknesses in the rule of law are multidimensional and involve elements of institutional design, the specific content of the laws, particularities of political competition and a culture of legality in a country with severe social inequalities. This book discusses necessary institutional and legal reforms to develop the rule of law in a context of democratic, social and economic transformations. The chapters are organized to address: 1) The concept of the ‘rule of law’ and its measurement; 2) The fragility of the ‘rule of law’ in Mexico; 3) Structural reforms and  implementation challenges; 4) Social exclusion and the culture of legality. 

 

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The World Justice Project condemns the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, the latest in a string of killings of Black people in the United States that highlights the persistent challenge of systemic racism in its criminal justice system and society as a whole. 

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Dozens of recent books chronicle rising authoritarianism and question whether democracies can survive. What do these trends mean for international law and practice? Professor Tom Ginsburg joins us to discuss implications in contemporary policy contexts, including management of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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