Books

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Constitutional Courts and Conflict Resolution. Armed Conflict, Civil-Military Relations, and the Rule of Law in Latin America. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

“Combining a sophisticated approach to institutional theory with compelling case studies of the effects of constitutional courts on civil-military relations in Latin America, Julio Ríos-Figueroa achieves the uncommon -he changes the way that we think about both civil-military relations and the role of constitucional courts in the twenty-first century- It is a powerful example of how theory and empirics should be combined in studies of law and courts”. Jack Knight, Duke University

“As soon as I finished Constitutional Courts as Mediators, I cited it in two papers, neither of which had anything to do with Latin America or the military. Ríos-Figueroa´s arguments and findings are that universal—and that important to the study of law and legal institutions […]”. Lee Epstein, Washington University in St. Louis

“[…] skillfully demonstrates that when constitutional courts are independent, accessible and powerful, they can act as creative judicial mediators, helping to resolve conflicts between militaries and civilian governments by reducing the uncertainty and misunderstanding that often surrounds their relations. […] This book bridges the subfields of judicial politics and civil-military relations in a novel and persuasive way, and I highly recommended it”. David Pion-Berlin. University of California Riverside

Reviewed in LARR / Perspectives on Politics / ICON / L&SR / LAPS / L&P / JLAS /

Courts in Latin America. New York: Cambridge University Press. Co-edited with Gretchen Helmke, 2011.

“To what extent do courts in Latin America protect individual rights and limit governments? This volume answers these fundamental questions by bringing together today’s leading scholars of judicial politics. Drawing on examples from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Bolivia, the authors demonstrate that there is widespread variation in the performance of Latin America’s constitutional courts. In accounting for this variation, the contributors push forward ongoing debates about what motivates judges; whether institutions, partisan politics, and public support shape interbranch relations; and the importance of judicial attitudes and legal culture. The authors deploy a range of methods, including qualitative case studies, paired country comparisons, statistical analysis, and game theory”.

Reviewed in LAPS / L&P / Justitia / LARR / L&SI

Translated into Spanish and published as Tribunales Constitucionales en América Latina, México: Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación, 2011.

Para Entender La Justicia Constitucional (What is Constitutional Justice?) México: Nostra Ediciones. Coauthored with Andrea Pozas-Loyo, 2010. (Language: Spanish)

“This book presents the development of the constitutional justice in Mexico throught its two hundred years of independent life, gives account of theoretical basis of constitutional control and analize the challenges ahead for the mexican justice”.

Siglo XX: Muerte y Resurrección de la Iglesia Católica en Chiapas [A Political History of the Catholic Church in XX Century Chiapas]. México: UNAM, 2002. (Language: Spanish)