Case Law in Mexico 1861-1919: The Work of Ignacio Luis Vallarta

Guiding Principles of Judicial Decisions, Vol. 1, 2006

26 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2007 Last revised: 23 Mar 2010

M. C. Mirow

Florida International University (FIU) - College of Law

Abstract

Ignacio Luis Vallarta was instrumental in establishing notions of binding case law (jurisprudencia) in amparo actions (actions to protect constitutional rights) in nineteenth-century Mexico. This article examines Vallarta's reports of cases in the Mexican Supreme Court and his other writings to explore this concept in relation to his drafting of the Amparo Act of 1882. The work concludes that it is overwhelmingly clear from the works and statements of Vallarta that Mexican jurisprudencia in constitutional law is predominantly a product of direct borrowing of United States legal methods.

Keywords: Constitutional Law, Mexico, Vallarta, Amparo, Jurisprudencia, Precedent

Suggested Citation

Mirow, M. C., Case Law in Mexico 1861-1919: The Work of Ignacio Luis Vallarta. Guiding Principles of Judicial Decisions, Vol. 1, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=956308

M. C. Mirow (Contact Author)

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