Legitimacy as a Problem: The Legislative Election of Constitutional Judges in México (13.10.2017)

The event will take place at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu nr. 9), Council Room, starting at 15.00. Cosmin Văduva, PhD candidate in Law, PhD in Philosophy (since 2010) and magistrate assistant at Romanian Constitutional Court, will be the event moderator.

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This research argues that the election of constitutional judges (Justices of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, in Mexico, constitutes a political process with four characteristics: a constitutional structure, negotiated conventions and a political and party-based appointment. The article also argues that the election of the constitutional judges relates to the principles of the supremacy of the Constitution, the division of power and the independence of the Judicial branch of government. The objective of this research is to present evidence supporting the claim on the characteristics of the political process. This qualitative research is based on the analysis of the nomination processes of two Supreme Court justices that took place in November 2012. Data also comes from parliamentary transcripts of sessions, records of debates and digital edition of three national newspapers.

Hector_Calleros-RodriguezBIO: Dr. Hector Calleros is a Political Scientist and journalist. He holds a PhD in Political Science from The University of Leeds (UK), and a M.A. in Legislative Studies (Political Institutions) from The University of Hull (UK); he earned his B.A. in Political Science, at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM.) His teaching and research, centred on Political Institutions, Human Rights and Ethnic Identity, has been published in internationally ranked academic journals. He has been a guest researcher at the Institute of International Relations of Warsaw University; he was previously a lecturer and researcher at COLTLAX, a research centre in Mexico. He is a member of both, the International Sociology Association (ISA) and the International Political Science Association (IPSA.)

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