Mexico's Human Rights and Governance Challenges in the AMLO Era

Andrés Manuel López Obrador arrived in office in December 2018 amid outsized expectations that his presidency will bring sweeping change in favor of economically and socially marginalized Mexicans, including the millions of Mexicans affected by insecurity and human rights abuses. However, the deep-rooted nature of violence and Mexico's institutional deficiencies have generated questions regarding the government's ability to bring about meaningful change. Join the LLILAS Benson Mexico Center to discuss the enormous challenges facing the AMLO administration and assess its preliminary policies on security, justice, and social policy.

In this forum, moderated by LLILAS Benson Mexico Center director Ricardo Ainslie, experts will address an array of topics related to the challenges listed above. Participants include Jake Dizard (fellow, Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law), Janice Gallagher (Global Urban Studies, Rutgers), Adriana Obregón (consultant on violence prevention and social development, former director general of Social Policy and Employment for the Mexican presidency), and Alejandro Ponce (World Justice Project).

The forum is the public-facing portion of the inaugural Puentes Summit on Security and Governance, an initiative of the LLILAS Benson Mexico Center that has been funded by UT alumni Fernando Macías and International Board of Advisors Chair Adriana Pacheco. The yearly summit will foster collaboration between UT Austin scholars and their Mexican counterparts to jointly address and work on problems relevant to Mexico and/or Mexico and the United States.

Light lunch served. For more information, contact Paloma Díaz

To RSVP for this event on Facebook and receive updates, visit Puentes: Mexico's Human Rights.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Benson Latin American Collection, 2nd floor conference room
2300 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78712-1469

Event Type

Business & Economy, Policy & Law


College of Liberal Arts, LBJ School of Public Affairs

Target Audience

Students, Alumni, General Public



Free and open to the public

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