In this section, the reader will find the best web sites in English containing legal and historical information about Mexico.

Electronic Guide to Mexican Law (Published March 1, 2002)
Authors: Francisco Avalos and Elisa Donnadieu
Contents: (1) Brief History of the Mexican Legal System; (2) Federal Government; (3) Major Primary Federal Legislation; (4) State Governments; (5) Mexico's Legal System; (6) Mexico Government; (7) Legislative Sources; (8) NAFTA; (9) Overall Coverage of Mexico; and (10) Free Translation Sites.
Source: LLRX.COM "This is a unique, free Web Journal dedicated to providing legal and library professionals with the most up-to-date information on a wide range of Internet research and technology-related issues, applications, resources and tools, since 1996."

Mexican Law with Prof. Jorge A. Vargas (Originally published in 1994; last update: August 2003).
Author: Jorge A. Vargas, Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law. Summa cum laude graduate of UNAM's School of Law, Mexico City; LL.M. and J.S.D. (Candidate), Yale Law School.
Contents: (1) Information about his Mexican Law Treatise; (2) Mexican Law Synopsis; (3) Recent Developments; (4) Electronic Guide to Mexican Law Web Sites; and (5) Author's personal resume.

Portal Mexico
Source: Law Library of Congress, Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
Contents: (1) Constitution; (2) Executive; (3) Judicial; (4) Legislative; and (5) Legal Guides and Miscellaneous. As of July 1, 2003, GLIN (Global Legal Information Network) offers 6,269 searchable English language abstracts of laws, decrees and regulations issued from December 1944 to the present.

Source: "The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) is a database of laws, regulations and other complementary legal sources. The documents included in the database are contributed by the governments of the members from the original, official texts which are deposited, by agreement of the members, in a server presently located in the Library of Congress of the United States of America. Anyone may sign on to the system as a guest and view the summaries and citation information for the laws and legal writings in the database. Searches can be done by jurisdiction, subject, date or type of legal instrument, or by a combination of these elements. Subject searches are done through a dedicated list of terms, collected in the GLIN thesaurus. The summaries are written in English; in some cases a summary in a second language has been appended. Access to the full texts of the documents is restricted to members. To learn about the types of memberships available see Membership Information."

CONTACT INFORMATION: GLIN Law Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave., SE Washington, D.C. 20540-3000, USA. Tel.: 202-707-5065; Fax: 202-707-1820. E-mail: glincen@loc.gov

Legal Information Institute
Source: Cornell Law School; World Legal Materials from North America; Mexico
Contents: Mexico: Constitution; Alternate copy (Spanish); High Court (Spanish); Senate; Chamber of Deputies; Consejo de la Judicatura Federal; Electoral Tribunal; Superior Court of Justice; Attorney General; Legislation; Selected Laws; Intellectual Property; Mexlaw; Legislation Links; Government Links; Other Legal Links; Legal Information

NOTE: "Other Legal Links" provides access to interesting and useful legal links, such as: Comisión Federal de Competencia, Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos, Comisión Federal de Telecomunicaciones, Comisión Reguladora de Energía, Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial (IMPI), Instituto Federal Electoral, Mexican Investment Board, Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente (PROFEPA), etc.

Source: LLI Generally "...One of the oldest and most useful law related sites online. The Legal Information Institute is a mixture of a gateway to locate other law related Web resources, and a provider of law related content, such as the United States Code and Supreme Court opinions."

Source: Washburn University School of Law; WashLaw Web; ForInt Law; Mexico
Contents: (1) Constitutional Law; (2) Courts of last resort; (3) Foreign Relations; (4) Heads of State; (5) Intellectual property; (6) Law and legislation; (7) Legal Research; (8) Legislative bodies; and (9) U.S. Law School Study Abroad Programs to Mexico.

Legal Research Guides: Mexican Legal Materials (English and Spanish)
Source: Southern Methodist University Underwood Law Library
Contents: (1) General Considerations; (2) Constitutions; (3) Researching Legislative, Scholarly, and Judicial Materials; (4) Diario Oficial de la Federación; (5) Researching Mexican Law by Subject; (6) Finding Mexican Legal Materials at Underwood using PONI.

Broader Borders
Source: Legal Research Center, University of San Diego School of Law
Authors: Librarians John Adkins and Mary Sexton
Contents: (1) International Boundary; (2) NAFTA; (3) Environment; (4) Immigration; (5) U.S.-Mexico Border Issues: Drug Traffic; (6) Indigenous Peoples of the Border; (7) Mexican Legal Materials; (8) Mexican Websites; and (9) English Language Websites about Mexican Law.

Background Note: Mexico (March 2002)
Source: U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Contents: (1) People; (2) History; (3) Government; (4) Political Conditions; (5) Economy; (6) Foreign Relations; (7) U.S. Relations; (8) Travel/Business

U.S. Embassy in Mexico
Source: U.S. Government, U.S. Department of State
Contents: This is a dual language site (Spanish/English). It contains a great assortment of pertinent diplomatic U.S.-Mexico bilateral information. Contents include: (1) Current Issues; (2) Services for Mexican/U.S. citizens; (3) Press/Media; (4) Visas; (5) Immigration and Borders; (6) Environment and Health; (7) Consulates; (8) Trade and Commerce; (9) Drugs; and (10) Law Enforcement.

NOTE: It also includes a section titled: "U.S. and Mexico at a Glance." A collection of crucial general data, trade information, materials on migration, border cooperation and foreign aid issues at: http://www.state.gov

This article (Electronic Guide to the Best Mexican Law Web Sites) was posted in early January 2004 in the electronic website LLRX (www.llrx.com) thanks to the generosity of Ms. Sabrina I. Pacifici.


Author & General Coordinator:
Professor of Law,
University of San Diego School of Law

About the Author  
Book Description  
Book Reviews  
Buy this book  
The Seven Appendices  
Synopsis 1 thru 20  
Synopsis 21 thru 40  
Recent Developments  
Volume 1 Table of Contents  
Volume 2 Table of Contents  
Volume 3 Table of Contents  
Volume 3 Preface  
Volume 3 Introduction  
Volume 4 Table of Contents  
Volume 4 Introduction  
Dictionary Description  
Who Should Buy the Dictionary  
Examples of Legal Terms  
Buy this Dictionary  
1. Introduction  
1.1 Overview of Mexico's Legal System  
1.2 Mexican Law Information in Spanish  
1.3 Mexican Law Information in English  
2. Legislative Enactments  
2.1 No Mexican Federal Statutes in English  
2.2 Mexican Federal Statutes in Spanish  
2.3 Mexico's Major Codes in Spanish  
a. Federal Civil Code  
b. Code of Commerce  
c. Code of Civil Procedure  
d. Federal Code of Criminal Procedure  
e. Federal Criminal Code  
f.  Fiscal Code of the Federation  
2.4 Mexico's Diario Oficial de la Federación  
2.5 The Federal Constitution of 1917  
a. Mexico: A Federal Republic  
b. The Executive Power  
c. The Legislative Power  
d. The Judicial Power  
3. International Treaties and Conventions  
3.1 Secretariat of Foreign Affairs (SRE)  
3.2 List of International Treaties and Conventions on conflict of laws,
business and environmental questions to which Mexico is a party
3.3 International Judicial Cooperation  
4. Mexico's Federal Government  
5. State Governments  
5.1 Specific State legislation (i.e, State Constitution, codes, laws, etc.)  
6. Legal Background and History of Mexico  
APPENDIX I Mexico's Federal Legislation  
APPENDIX II Mexico's 18 Secretariats of State Web Sites  
APPENDIX III Web Sites of Mexico's 31 States  
APPENDIX IV Compendium of the Best Mexican Law Web Sites (5 in English and 6 in Spanish)