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Stephen Zamora, José Ramón Cossio, Leonel Pereznieto, Jose Roldan Xopa, Instituto Tecnologico Automomo de Mexico, Derece, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, and David Lopez

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199288489

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288489.001.0001

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Judicial Procedures to Enforce the Constitution

Judicial Procedures to Enforce the Constitution

(p.257) 8 Judicial Procedures to Enforce the Constitution
Mexican Law

Stephen Zamora

José RamlóN CossíO

Lenone Pereznieto

José Roldá n-Xopa

David Lopez

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the mechanisms built into the Mexican legal system to safeguard the supremacy of the Constitution over conflicting laws and governmental acts. Judicial enforcement of the Constitution may be divided into three major subjects: (1) juicios de amparo, or the protection of individual constitutional rights; (2) controversias constitutionales or ‘constitutional controversies’, which are disputes between competing governmental authorities; and (3) acciones de inconstitutionalidad or ‘challenge to the constitutionality of laws’, created in 1994 as a mechanism of challenging unconstitutional laws adopted by the Congress or by state legislatures.

Keywords:   Mexican legal system, judicial enforcement, Constitution, juicios de amparo, constitutional rights, controversias constitutionales, constitutional controversies, acciones de inconstitutionalidad, constitutionality

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