An unparalleled program offered by the University of Arizona and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) that gives you access to renowned scholars in Mexican constitutional law.

Available to University of Arizona graduate and advanced undergraduate students (in-person only) as well as lawyers, judges, and working professionals (online or in-person), this program will expand your understanding of Mexican public law, and develop immediately useful expertise.

University of Arizona Students

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All current graduate students and advanced undergraduate students at Arizona may enroll for each course through UAccess. Join this unique program with no added program fee. If you have difficulty registering, please contact


Working Professionals

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Lawyers, judges, business professionals and other working professionals may enroll in the courses online. You will enroll as a professional participant with the College of Law—equivalent to executive education programs. This is not degree-seeking status and will not be reported on UArizona transcripts. We can provide a letter of documentation if needed. You will receive the Diplomado certificate upon completion of all four classes. 


"The class has deepened my understanding of constitutional law, the construction of it, and the component parts. I don’t think I ever appreciated the meaning of 'federalism' from an organic perspective, before this class on the development of Mexican federalism. And the analysis of the organization of municipal authority has become applicable in my consideration of a case before me right now. The contrast of another system so similar to ours just gives me perspective. I know 100% more about Mexican history and their constitution than I did before the class and I can’t wait to learn more."

-Laura Cardinal, Superior Court Judge for Cochise County


You may enroll in one, two, three, or all four of the courses. Each course is mutually exclusive, and there are no prerequisites. Each course is two credits.

You must complete all four courses in order to earn the Diplomado in Mexican Public Law and Policy.

Meeting Times for all Classes:

  • Spring 2022 Classes will meet Fridays from 1:30 pm to 4:20 pm (Arizona Time).

Unit: Brief Constitutional History of Mexico
Professor: Francisco Jose Paoli Bolio

  • War of Independence and the first constitutional documents (1808-1814)
  • Constitutive Act of the Federation and the Federal Constitution of the Unites States of Mexico 1824
  • Centralist Constitutions (1836-1846)
  • Re-establishment of federalism and the Constitution of 1857
  • Mexican Revolution and the Constitution of February 5, 1917

Unit: Mexican Federalism
Dates: Jan, 31- Feb. 1, 2020
Professor: José María Serna de la Garza

  • Historical timeline of Mexican federalism
  • General scheme in the distribution of powers
  • Distribution of powers in taxation
  • Recent developments of local state constitutionalism
  • The “municipio”/municipality: Its constitutional status
  • Different coordination mechanisms between State and Federal government relations

Unit: Local State Constitutional Law
Dates: Feb. 14-15, 2020
Professor: Daniel Barceló Rojas

  • Mexican Federalism in theory and practice. Concurrent powers and exclusive State powers
  • Organization of State powers and those of the “municipio”/municipality
  • Bodies of Law in the local states. Two cases: State of Sonora and the City of Mexico
  • Local judicial review and State legality. Organization and judicial procedures with special mention to the “amparo”
  • Indigenous State law. The case of the “Yaquis” in Sonora
  • How to find the applicable law in local states

Unit: Economic Constitutionalism
Professor: Pablo Larrañaga

  • The socio-economic system of Mexico’s constitutionalism
  • Economic Law
  • International Economic Law
  • Economic and social regulations
  • Public policy and development, law and economics and economic competitiveness

Unit: Constitutional Culture in Mexico
Dates: TBA
Professor: Héctor Fix-Fierro

  • The Constitution as culture
  • Constitutional culture as a junction between political culture and legal culture
  • Meaning and importance of constitutional culture
  • Analysis of constitutional culture polls in Mexico
  • The future of the Mexican Constitution

Unit: A New Constitution for Mexico?
Dates: TBA
Professor: Pedro Salazar Ugarte

  • “Amparo”: Constitutional amendments and human rights
  • Reforms to Mexico’s criminal justice system
  • Creation of the Anti-Corruption National System
  • Creation of Autonomous Constitutional bodies
  • National Guard

Unit VII: Human Rights: RelevantCases and Relevant Recommendations From the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH)
Professors: Carlos Pelayo Moller and Alethia Fernández de la Reguera Ahedo

  • Non-judicial defense mechanisms of human rights in the Inter-American System
  • The beginnings of non-judicial defenses of human rights in Mexico
  • Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (CoIDH)
  • National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH) and the State Commissions of Human rights
  • Relevant cases of the CoIDH
  • Human rights from the perspective of the theories of violence.
  • Migrants human rights in Mexico
  • Gender violence
  • Violation of women’s human rights in the southern border in Mexico

Unit VIII: The “Amparo” and Other Constitutional Defense Mechanisms: Theory and Practice
Dates: TBA
Professor: Juan Luis González Alcántara and Alberto Abad Suárez Ávila

  • Historical development of judicial review in Mexico
  • Classification of the different types of constitutional judicial review
  • The “amparo” in Mexico
  • Actions of unconstitutionality /“Acciones de inconstitucionalidad”
  • Constitutional controversies/”Acciones de inconstitucionalidad”
  • Other types of reviews
  • Impeachment/“juicio político”

Unit IX: Inter-American Human Rights System
Dates: TBA
Professor: José de Jesús Orozco Henríquez

  • Foundations of the Inter-American Human Rights System
  • Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and its defense mechanisms
  • Inter-American Court of Human Rights and its defense mechanisms
  • Conventionality control/”Control de constitucionalidad” in region countries
  • The impact of the rulings of the Inter-American Human Rights System bodies

Unit: How to Find the Applicable Law in Mexico
Professor: Oscar Cruz Barney

  • Historical approach to the Law of Mexico
  • Priority inapplicable law in the 19th century
  • Constitutional order in the Mexican federalist system. Globalization of law
  • Public and private law
  • Constitutions, statutes, codes and judicial interpretation. 

Unit: Organization and Functions of Public Powers. Presidentialism and Autonomous Constitutional Bodies
Dates: April 3-4, 2020
Professor: María del Pilar Hernández

  • State and system of government: The influence of 18th-century constitutionalism
  • The triad of the exercise of State power
  • Presidential structure: Its hegemonic nuances and its crisis
  • Emergence of autonomous constitutional bodies: A pretense of modernity
  • A prospective

Unit: Electoral and Representative System
Dates: April 17-18, 2020
Professor: María Marván Laborde

  • Why did political parties enter into the realm of Constitutional Law
  • Electoral amendments: 1977-2014
  • The development of Mexico’s pluralism
  • New challenges to the party system and to the electoral system


Learn from elite visiting guest lecturers who are the premiere scholars and practitioners of law in Mexico, such as:

José De Jesús Orozco Henríquez

José De Jesús Orozco Henríquez

Commissioner, Inter-American Commission On Human Rights

Pedro Salazar Ugarte

Pedro Salazar Ugarte

Dean, Legal Research Institute, UNAM

Juan Luis González Alcántara

Juan Luis González Alcántara

Justice, Supreme Court of Mexico

Program Details

  • Courses will be taught in Spanish. Intermediate fluency is necessary. There will be a bilingual teaching assistant, and all faculty members are bilingual.
  • Enroll in just one or two classes, or complete all four to earn a Diplomado from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. This specialized credential is available only at the University of Arizona.
  • Each of the four courses is mutually exclusive—completing the first course is not required for any of the other courses. 
  • The Diplomado is issued by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
  • University of Arizona students will receive University of Arizona academic credit for each course. See your academic advisor for more information on elective and degree requirements. Those who complete all four courses will also receive the UNAM Diplomado. 
  • Professional participants are not eligible to receive University of Arizona academic credit.
  • Each course consists of in-depth class sessions, plus self-paced reading assignments during the intermediary weeks. At the end of each course, a required short paper will be due. The paper may be written in English. 
  • Professional participants may attend in-person at the University of Arizona College of Law or access the classroom live online. The livestream will allow you to fully participate and ask questions. Lectures will also be recorded and available for viewing after class time.

Diplomado recipients will be able to clearly demonstrate their capability in Mexican Public Law for employers, academic institutions and professional development.


Online and Tucson, AZ

Attend classes online or in-person when permitted


UArizona Students: Standard course cost

Professionals: $1,250 per course 


Diplomado in Mexican Public Law & Policy

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

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