Do Criminals Rule in Mexico? The political economy of state capture and criminal impunity

Event Programme


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10:00 am        Welcome and introduction

David DOYLE, Latin American Centre, and Mónica SERRANO, El Colegio de México/LAC


10:10   PANEL 1. Institutional weakness and state capture

CHAIR David DOYLE, Latin American Centre      


Explaining criminal governance in Mexico

Mónica SERRANO, El Colegio de México/LAC


Policing drug-trafficking: a study of institutional capture



Logics of impunity: the justice system*

Guillermo ZEPEDA LECUONA, Jurimetría & El Colegio de Jalisco


Discussant: Laurence WHITEHEAD, Nuffield College


11:30 coffee


11:45   PANEL 2. Regional perspectives

CHAIR Javier PÉREZ SANDOVAL, Latin American Centre


Estado de México: criminal governance in the Brecha Triangle

Raúl ZEPEDA, King´s College, London


State capture in Nayarit (via zoom)

Michael REED HURTADO, The Guernica Centre for International Justice


Discussant: Susana BERRUECOS, Academic Visitor, LAC


Lunch 13:00-14:00


14:15   PANEL 3. Violence and criminal governance

CHAIR: Eduardo POSADA-CARBÓ, Latin American Centre


Autodefensas: resisting criminal governance and state capture

Alexander CURRY, Independent Researcher


Mexico´s armed violence in a global conflict landscape

Irene MIA, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)


15:00   Round table: the character of contemporary violence in Mexico

            Carlos PEREZ RICART, Mónica SERRANO and Raúl ZEPEDA



*to be presented in Spanish


This seminar has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Americas Research Group, Research Analysts,

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office