Publish in Special Reports - Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s attack on the judiciary – the last bastion of protection against unconstitutional policies – could lead to capital flight and a worsening economic crisis, lawyers warn. (Photo: Mexican President's Office)
Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador uses his daily morning press conference to attack critics. Here he attacks a judge that ruled against his electricity law. (Photo: Mexico President's Office)
Juan Francisco Torres Landa, Hogan Lovells and Luis Rubio Barnetche, Holland & Knight.
Mexican president’s attacks against lawyers and judges are raising alarms.
BY JOACHIM BAMRUD
Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is increasingly becoming more authoritarian and intolerant of criticism. In addition to attacking former presidents and any independent media in Mexico, Lopez Obrador (popularly known as AMLO) is now ratcheting up attacks on lawyers and judges.
What is the impact of the comments by AMLO that Mexican attorneys working for foreign firms are “traitors”? How will AMLO’s attack against judges in the electricity law rulings and ex-Supreme Court Judge Jose Ramon Cossio impact the judiciary? How will plans by AMLO to hold a referendum on the guilt or not of former Mexican presidents undermine due process and the rule of law?
Latinvex asked two prominent Mexican attorneys:
Keywords: CFE, Hogan Lovells, Holland & Knight, Mexico, Pemex, Supreme Court