Mexican Legal Information

Scope

The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of the legal information sources available for doing Mexican legal research. Coverage is not exhaustive, although an attempt was made to include the most relevant materials. Citations to print and online sources are included.

The call numbers on this page link to library catalog records, which provide information about location, availability, and currency of each item in the Ross-Blakley Law Library.

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Getting Started


Web

GlobalexElectronic Guide to Mexican Law
By Francisco A. Avalos and Elisa Donnadieu. Published November 2005 by the Hauser Global Law School Program, New York University School of Law and updated by Francisco A. Avalos in September 2012.
 
Mexico and Its Legal System
This 2008 guide by Prof. Jorge A. Vargas provides a general description of the major features and current characteristics of the Mexican legal system, its principal components, and some of its distinct legal institutions, including—as an introduction to what is an eminently descriptive work—a brief historical background and basic information about Mexico as a country, its territory, people, culture, and economy. It also includes links to current Mexican legal websites.
 
Electronic Guide to the Best Mexican Law Websites

This 2004 guide by Prof. Jorge A. Vargas provides information on Mexican legal information in English and Spanish, on federal statutes and codes, the constitution, international treatises and conventions, the federal government, and the state governments. 

Mexican Law and Legal Research Guide 
This 2014 guide covers all aspects of Mexican legal research.  It provides information on locating primary law (constitutions, official gazettes, compilations of legislation, administrative regulations, international agreements, and judicial decisions), secondary sources (dictionaries and encyclopedias, treatises, textbooks, and law review articles) and accessing online sources.  English language resources are highlighted, where they are available

Books

The Mexican Legal System
Francisco A. Avalos
KGF150.A95 2013 

Mexican Law: A Treatise for Legal Practitioners and International Investors
Jorge A. Vargas
KGF327.M49 1998

Websites

National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade: NatLaw Database
Database includes English translations of Mexican laws (primarily commercial, environmental, etc.), text of the Diario Oficial (in Spanish), articles of interest, and an English/Spanish list of legal terms and phrases and links to other websites. Part of this database is free and part subscription based. ASU does not currently subscribe to this database.

Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México: InfoJus
This site includes laws, legislation, jurisprudencia (case law), documents, books and magazines (all in Spanish). 

Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación
Official site of the Supreme Court. Includes jurisprudencia “Las Epocas” (Spanish).

Consejo de la Judicatura Federal Federal judiciary (Spanish).

Cámara de Diputados del Honorable Congreso de la Unión Official site for the Mexican Congress (Spanish).

Leyes Federales Vigentes Federal legislation in force (Spanish).

Senado de la República Official site for the Mexican Senate (Spanish).

Law Library of Congress: Guide to Law Online: Mexico Provides links to many useful sites. Most in Spanish, but some English.

LANIC
Latin American Network Information Center.  This resource from the University of Texas at Austin provides links to tons of Mexican sites. Most are not      legal but include subjects like anthropology, archaeology, economy, finance, trade, energy, NAFTA, indigenous peoples, news, politics and government (Spanish).

BANCOMEXT

Mexican Bank for Foreign Trade. THE site for “doing business in Mexico.” (English interface to Spanish materials).
More links to Mexican legal materials including treaties. (English and Spanish)

U.S. State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs: Judicial Assistance

Organization of American States
This site also provides the full text of the Inter-American Conventions on Letters Rogatory and on Taking Evidence Abroad. See Subject Index of Treaties under heading Judicial Cooperation.

Justia México
This Spanish language portal provides access to Mexican federal and state laws, including the Constitution of the United Mexican states and legal information about the 32 Mexican states. Justia México also streams Mexican law blog posts and legal tweets, a list of Mexico's largest firms and a directory of its law schools. The portal also has a companion Spanish-language Twitter feed:  @justiamexico

U.S. State Department Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs: U.S. Relations with Mexico
Pffers information on the U.S.-Mexico relationship and links to information on Mexico produced by other U.S. agencies.

 

WestlawNext Databases

The WestlaNext links below will open a new window, taking you to the specified database (Westlaw password required).

Laws
Mexican Civil Code AnnotatedThe Mexican Civil Code Annotated contains the official Spanish text of the Mexican Civil Code, together with a side-by-side English translation. Additionally, the Mexican Civil Code Annotated includes citations to leading Mexican cases, legal treatises, law review articles, and treaties collected by a noted expert in Mexican law. Last updated in 2012.

Mexico Commercial Code Annotated - The Mexican Commercial Code Annotated contains the official Spanish text of the Mexican Commercial Code, together with a side-by-side English translation. Additionally, the Mexican Commercial Code Annotated includes citations to leading Mexican cases, legal treatises, law review articles, and treaties collected by a noted expert of Mexican law. Last updated in 2012. 

North American Free Trade
North American Free Trade Agreement
The full text of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and associated summaries, news releases, and text describing NAFTA. Coverage begins with August 1992.

North American Free Trade Agreement Binational Panel Decisions
Full text of decisions issued by the North American Free Trade Agreement Binational Panel, formerly the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement Binational Panel. The panel reviews antidumping and countervailing duty determinations of the International Trade Administration and the International Trade Commission. Coverage begins with 1989. 

Secondary Sources
United States-Mexico Law Journal
Published by the University of New Mexico School of Law in conjunction with an annual conference sponsored by the United States-Mexico Law Institute. Full coverage begins with 1993 (vol. 1). 

U.S.-Mexico Legal Review
Published by the American Bar Association. Full coverage begins with 2007 (vol. 1). 

Mexican Legal Dictionary
Mexican Legal Dictionary provides Spanish-English and English-Spanish translations and definitions of terms used in Mexico, forms, essential addresses and other materials. By Professor Jorge Vargas.

Law Library Resources


Articles
Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
This index provides access to journal articles written about legal topics around the world. Articles on Mexico are in Spanish and English. Because we may not own all the journals cited in this index, please allow time for us to borrow them through interlibrary loan.

Books
You can search for books and other materials in the ASU Libraries collection related to Mexican law through the online catalog by using subject headings such as:

Other Law Libraries
The following law libraries also have good collections on Mexican and Latin American law:

Law Schools

Secretaries

State Governments


Updated 2/2015

  

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