Structural Transformations of Political Rights: the Mexican Case

Carlos Soriano Cienfuegos

Abstract

This note supports the hypothesis that democratization and openness to international human rights law in Mexico brought about a structural change in its constitutional principles. This was mainly the result of substantially transforming the meaning - and especially the scope - legally given to political rights. The change from prerogatives to rights is not only a matter of nomenclature, but also a 180-degree shift, at both practical and epistemological levels. In addition to this, the project to establish a Ius Constitutionale Commune in the region, based on human rights standards, has been an equally important change as it has placed the human person at the heart of the matter.

Keywords

Democratization; Political Rights; Ius Commune

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