Working Group on Law and Democracy

Manuel González Oropeza Lecture: "Legal Challenges for the Next Presidential Elections in Mexico"

Fri, February 17, 2012 | Sheffield Room, UT School of Law

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Dr. Manuel González Oropeza, Minister of the Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federación

Featured as part of the Mexico Watch 2012 Series: The July 1st Presidential Elections.  Light lunch will be provided.


For more information, contact Peter Ward.


Graduated from the School of Law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), received his Bachelor in Law in 1980 Magna Cum Laude; in 1982 he graduated his Masters in Arts degree in Public Law from the University of California at Los Angeles; and in December 1995, He received the degree of PhD in Law from the National University of Mexico. In 2007, He also received a PhD Honoris Causa from the State University of Baja California. Since 1984 He is a founding member of the Researchers National System. He is a researcher at the Institute for Legal Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a professor and supervisor of the Graduate Division in the School of Law, at the same University.

In the professional field he has served, among other positions, as Secretary General of the Department of Humanities at the UNAM; Bureau Chief of the Diplomatic Archives of Mexico at the Department of Foreign Affairs; Law Clerk of the Supreme Court of Justice; Chairman of the Electoral Council of the Federal Elections Board at the Federal District, which organized the first election for Head of Government in 1997. He has been a professor in various state and private universities throughout the country and abroad, such as Montreal, California at Los Angeles, Houston, Michigan State, and Texas at Austin.

In 1990, He was the founding director of the Institute for Legal Research at the University of Guadalajara; in 1998, founding president of the Academic Council of the Institute of Legislative Studies of the Congress of the State of Mexico; in 2004 he returned as Chairman of the Academic Council of the Institute for consensus of the parliamentary groups of that Congress.

His work and academic research includes case studies on Constitutional Law, History of Law and Comparative Law, as well as the publication of articles and books in such matters.

In 1999 he was member of the Committee appointed by the Executive Branch of the State of Veracruz, to prepare the preliminary draft reform of the Constitution of the State, presenting the document in September 1999, and later submitted to the Constitutional Convention which enacted the State Constitution on February 3rd, 2000. He has collaborated in the development of Amendment to the Constitutions of the states of Durango, Guerrero and Queretaro.

Since November 2006, He was appointed as Judge of the Supreme Court for Elections in Mexico

Sponsored by: LBJ School of Public Affairs, School of Law

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