Dr Mariana Velasco-Rivera

Biography

Mariana Velasco-Rivera joined the School of Law and Criminology in October 2021. She received her doctoral degree (Doctor of Juridical Science—JSD) and her master’s degree (LLM) from Yale Law School. She also holds a law degree (Licenciatura en Derecho) from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Before joining Maynooth University, Mariana was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Comparative Constitutionalism held by Professor Ran Hirschl at the University of Göttingen, Germany (2019-2021) and an Emile Noël Fellow at New York University, School of Law (2020-2021). In 2016-2017 she was a Yale Fox International Fellow and a visiting researcher at the Center for Global Constitutionalism at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. Before her graduate studies, Mariana clerked for judge José Ramón Cossío Díaz at the Supreme Court of Mexico (2010-2014). 

Mariana’s research interests are in the field of public law, specifically, constitutional law, comparative constitutional law and constitutional theory. In her research, she explores the relationship between constitutionalism, constitutional design and democracy and how political norms and practices shape legal institutions.

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2022 'Reformas Constitucionales Arbitrarias'
Mariana Velasco-Rivera (2022) 'Reformas Constitucionales Arbitrarias' In: El Estado de Derecho en el México Contemporáneo. Mexico: El Colegio de México. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2021 'Constitutional rigidity: The Mexican experiment'
Mariana Velasco-Rivera (2021) 'Constitutional rigidity: The Mexican experiment'. International Journal of Constitutional Law, [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2021 'The Scope and the Limits of the Juridical People'
Mariana Velasco-Rivera (2021) 'The Scope and the Limits of the Juridical People' Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, 3 (23) :275-282. [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2022 Mexico’s Upcoming Presidential Recall Election has been Hijacked by the President’s Party.
Mariana Velasco-Rivera (2022) Mexico’s Upcoming Presidential Recall Election has been Hijacked by the President’s Party. Blog [Details]
2022 When Judges Threaten Constitutional Governance: Evidence from Mexico.
Mariana Velasco-Rivera (2022) When Judges Threaten Constitutional Governance: Evidence from Mexico. Blog [Details]
2021 ¿Qué pasó con el transitorio que busca extender la presidencia de Zaldívar?.
Mariana Velasco-Rivera (2021) ¿Qué pasó con el transitorio que busca extender la presidencia de Zaldívar?. Mexico: Blog [Details]
2021 La (no) extensión de la presidencia de Zaldívar: lo bueno, lo malo y lo feo.
Mariana Velasco-Rivera (2021) La (no) extensión de la presidencia de Zaldívar: lo bueno, lo malo y lo feo. Mexico: Blog [Details]
2021 La consulta extraordinaria sobre la extensión de la presidencia de Zaldívar: ¿Es la vía idónea?.
Mariana Velasco-Rivera (2021) La consulta extraordinaria sobre la extensión de la presidencia de Zaldívar: ¿Es la vía idónea?. Mexico: Blog [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2021 Hélène Landemore. Open Democracy: Reinventing Popular Rule for the Twenty-First Century.
Mariana Velasco-Rivera (2021) Hélène Landemore. Open Democracy: Reinventing Popular Rule for the Twenty-First Century. Book Review [Details]