International Human Rights and the transformation of the law sources system in Mexico

In the middle of an ongoing human rights crisis, ten years ago the Mexican Constitution was amended to include International human rights standards as mandatory to all state authorities including the judiciary. Therefore, in the following years, and to improve its own standards, Mexico’s judiciary began a major transformation to consider the case law of international bodies such as the Inter-American Court of Human Rights into its decisions. In this process, groundbreaking notions such as the control of conventionality were essential. Nevertheless, the transformation process is far from being finished. Furthermore, Mexico’s human rights record is far from being acceptable. The excessive formalism in the Mexican legal culture and long-standing authoritarian tendencies posse a major challenge to this incipient human right revolution.