MEXICO’S 2018 ELECTIONS
INSTITUTIONAL SAFEGUARDS AND CHALLENGES
The 2018 electoral cycle in Mexico will take place at one of the most challenging moments in its history. Organized crime and political violence are at their highest point. Political corruption scandals at all levels of government have exposed the level of impunity in the country and the fragility of its rule of law.
Against all of this stand the two most successful transitional institutions that allowed the country to become an electoral democracy in the 1990s: the Instituto Nacional Electoral (INE) and the Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federación (TEPJF). The 2018 election will pose an interesting test to their strength and the legitimacy of the process.
By bringing together Lorenzo Cordova, President of INE, Reyes Rodríguez, Justice of the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary, Javier Aparicio, Head of the Political Studies Division at CIDE in Mexico City, and Guillermo Trejo, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, this colloquium will draw on their specialized expertise to analyze the conditions under which the upcoming electoral process will take place, as well as the relative confidence we can have on the fairness of the process.
Electoral Institutional Safeguards
Gabriela Nouzeilles, Director, Program in Latin America Studies, Princeton University
The national electoral Institute’s Role before the 2018 Mexican Elections
Lorenzo Córdova, President of the General Council of the National Electoral Institute (INE), Mexico
To what extent have the Decisions of the High Chamber of the TEPJF Enhanced Electoral Integrity in the 2017-2018 Elections in Mexico?
Reyes Rodríguez, Justice of the Electoral Tribunal of Federal Judicary (TEPJF), Mexico
Gabriela Nouzeilles, Princeton University
Elections, Violence, and Corruption
Mexico 2018: A Young, Normal Democracy?
Javier Aparicio, Associate Professor and Head of the Political Studies Division at CIDE, Mexico
Elections and Criminal Violence in Mexico: The elephant in the room
Guillermo Trejo, Associate Professor of Political Science and Faculty Fellow at the Kellogg Institute Studies, University of Notre Dame
Moderator: María Inclán
4:30-5:00pm Coffe Break
Round Table: Institutional Safeguards and Challenges
Javier Aparicio, CIDE
Lorenzo Córdova, INE
Reyes Rodríguez, TEPJF
Guillermo Trejo, University of Notre Dame
Moderador: Esteban Rossi Hansberg. Theodore A. Well ’29. Professor of Economics, Princeton University
Co-organizers: María Inclán and Esteban Rossi Hansberg
Presented by the Program in Latin American Studies
Free and open to the public.