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Sociolegal Studies In Mexico, Julio Ríos-Figueroa Jan 2012

Sociolegal Studies In Mexico, Julio Ríos-Figueroa

Julio Ríos-Figueroa

This article reviews recent sociolegal scholarship on Mexico related to three topics: (i) the judiciary, the courts, and judicial behavior; (ii) public security and the criminal justice system; and (iii) legal culture. While existing scholarship provides a wealth of information and systematized data on legal phenomena, there is still a conspicuous scarcity of explanations and of systematic empirical analysis. This makes for a lot of research opportunities for sociolegal scholarship in a country that has been under profound and peculiar political, social, and economic transformation in the last three decades. Keywords: Courts; Judicial Behavior; Public Security; Criminal Justice System; Legal ...


Institutional Design And Constitutional Interpretation: Constructing Due Process Rights In Latin America, Julio Ríos-Figueroa Jan 2012

Institutional Design And Constitutional Interpretation: Constructing Due Process Rights In Latin America, Julio Ríos-Figueroa

Julio Ríos-Figueroa

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Justice System Institutions And Corruption Control. Evidence From Latin America, Julio Ríos-Figueroa Jan 2012

Justice System Institutions And Corruption Control. Evidence From Latin America, Julio Ríos-Figueroa

Julio Ríos-Figueroa

This essay explores whether the design of justice system institutions helps control corruption. Applying the basic logic of checks and balances to intrabranch institutional design, the main argument is that any justice system where judges and prosecutors, of different ranks and levels, are unchecked actors generates incentives for them to abuse their positions. In other words, while generally judges and prosecutors are considered organs that oversee other branches of government, they may also constitute sources of corruption if left unchecked. The essay offers preliminary evidence on the specific hypotheses derived from the general argument from samples of eighteen Latin American ...