JMP Releases News Monitor Vol. 8, No. 5 (August)

We are pleased to announce the release of our latest Justice in Mexico News Monitor, covering the month of August 2013.

The Justice in Mexico Project conducts original research, promotes public discourse, and informs public policies related to rule of law and security issues in Mexico. This academically-based, policy focused program is based at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of San Diego, and benefits from the support of university students and volunteers.  Each month, the project produces an aggregated summary of Mexican and U.S. news coverage in four major categories: Crime and Violence; Transparency and Accountability; Justice System Reform; and Human Rights and Civil Society.

Highlights from August 2013:

  • Amid conflicting data on violence, Government modifies communications strategy
  • Transparency bill amended by lower house to allow for challenges to IFAI rulings
  • No extension for oral trials, yet there is still lack of awareness
  • SCJN rules international treaties have constitutional status, yet restrictions remain

To read the full report, click here.

This report was compiled by Cory Molzahn, Kimberly Heinle, Octavio Rodriguez, and David Shirk, with the research assistance and direct written contributions from Felicia Gomez and Kalea Wiseman

As always, remember that our monthly news monitors, our latest drug violence maps, our special reports, and other publications are available on the project’s website at, as well as our databases of crime and other indicators at the Data Portal. You can view regular updates on rule of law and security issues in Mexico on our News Blog. You can also follow us on Twitter @JusticeinMexico and Facebook at Justice in Mexico.

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