Rule of Law Reform and the Drug Trade: Challenges and Implications in Mexico and the U.S.

Emory University

This conference explored challenges to the development of rule of law faced by Mexico and the United States and supported those working for rule of law reform in Mexico.  The conference brought together eight USAID-funded partnerships involving Mexican law schools and their U.S. counterparts, along with Mexican and U.S. judges and lawyers.

The objectives of the conference were: to raise awareness about legal reforms in Mexico, the challenges they face, and regional implications; to foster collaboration between scholars in different fields, policy makers, and practitioners in relation to rule of law issues in Mexico and the US; and to provide USAID-funded law schools and their partners with an opportunity to develop strategies for supporting legal reforms through legal education.

Issues addressed in the conference included evaluating political will and institutional capacity to ensure an accountable government; the capacity of the state to protect and deliver the rights of citizens, and the state’s ability to enforce the law and provide security to its citizens.  By beginning to address these issues, the outcome of the conference was developing means to secure legitimacy for governance and effective state building, necessary prerequisites for building and sustaining democracy.

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