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The Institute of Legal Research (Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) was, from the outset, conceived as an Institute of Comparative Law and founded on May 7, 1940. The main function of the Institute is to foster high level legal research which focuses on the solutions of national problems. The Institute is also active in organizing congresses, seminars and conferences. Such events are the tools for important academic exchange between foreign jurists.

Among other activities, the Institute is involved in the organization of scholarships, as well as mentoring academic technicians and legal researchers in all areas of legal knowledge. This includes the involvement in academic projects in educational institutions (such as the UNAM), both Mexican and foreign. Likewise, the Institute develops research projects in conjunction with various Mexican and foreign academic institutions. The Institute also participates in various post-graduate programs in collaboration with distinguished universities throughout Mexico. Since January 2000 the Institute has assured a doctorate program in legal research.

The Institute carries out legal research in nine main areas:

  • Administrative law;
  • Constitutional law;
  • International Private and Public law;
  • Penal law;
  • Contract and Commercial law;
  • Social law;
  • Philosophy and Theory of Law;
  • History of law;
  • And legal sociology.

November 13 - 15, 2008. Mexico City. |

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