IACL Roundtable: Federalism and Decentralization in the C21: Issues, Trends and Challenges

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Venue: Antigua Escuela de Jurisprudencia, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (San Ildefonso 28, Col. Centro, Mexico City)

November 9-10 2017

On November 9 -10 an IACL Roundtable will be hosted by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.  The Roundtable, which will also mark the Centenary of the Constitution of Mexico will be focused on the theme ‘Federalism and Decentralization in the C21”. 

Inquiries can be directed to Professor Jose Maria Serna: josemar@unam.mx



Thursday, November 9

8:30-9:00 hrs. 


9:00-10:00 hrs

Inauguration greetings

Pedro Salazar (Director, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, UNAM)

Manuel José Cepeda Espinosa (President, IACL/AIDC)

Diego Valadés (President, Instituto Iberoamericano de Derecho Constitucional)

Carlos Humberto Reyes Díaz (Coordinator, Programa de Posgrado en Derecho, UNAM)

José Ma. Serna (Executive Coordinator of the Roundtable)



Panel I:  Why federalism and decentralization?

Jean François Gaudreault-DesBiens, Doyen, Faculté de Droit, Université de Montreal, Canada, “Why Federalism?”

César Camacho Quiroz, Federal Deputy, Chamber of Deputies, México,“Federalism in Mexico: issues and challenges”

Hugo A. Concha Cantú, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, UNAM, “The Federal Idea: Integrity and Effective Government”


11:45-12:15 Coffee Break


Panel II: The organizing principles of federal and decentralized constitutional arrangements

Alberto López Basaguren, School of Law, University of the Basque Country, Spain, “Constitutional Principles regarding Territorial Autonomy in Spain: A System in search of a Model”

José Gamas Torruco, School of Law, UNAM, México,“Local government, Special Districts and Regions”

José Ma. Serna, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, UNAM, México, “Logics, Principles and Techniques of Normative Organization in Federal States: The case of Mexico”


14:00-16:00 hrs Lunch Break


Panel III The role of constitutional courts in enforcing or monitoring federalism-related principles

Mahendra P. Singh, National Law University, Dehli, India, “The Principles and Practices Adopted and Applied by the Courts in India for resolving the Disputes between the Federal and State Governments”

Francisco Tortolero Cervantes, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, UNAM, México, “Centralizing trends of Mexican Federal Courts”



Panel IV: Second chambers in federal systems

Antonio María Hernández, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina,“The federal role of the Senate in Argentina”

Daniel Barceló Rojas, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, UNAM, México, “Functions and Structure of the Mexican Senate. Is It Responding to Challenges to the Federal System of Our Time?”



Friday November 10:

9:00-10:45 hrs

Panel V: Forms of Intergovernmental relations between federal and state executives

John Dinan, Wake Forest University, Editor of Publius, The Journal of Federalism, USA, “Intergovernmental relations in a polarized era: State government influence in negotiations with U.S. presidential administrations”

Carlos Gadsden Carrasco, Centro de Estudios Municipales y Metropolitanos, FES Acatlán, UNAM, México, “Making Intergovernmental Levels Work to get the Sustainable Development Goals. A proposal using ISO 18091 approach”


10:45-11:15 Coffee Break


Panel VI: A Constitutional Approach to Fiscal Federalism

Thomas Fleiner, Professor Emeritus University Fribourg, Switzerland, “Financial Equalisation and Solidarity in a Federal State”

Ricardo Raphael, Director, Centro Cultural Universitario Tlaltelolco, UNAM, México, “Fiscal Federalism in a Non-Federal Republic”


13:00-13:30 hrs Closing Ceremony

15:00-18:00 hrs IACL Executive Committee Meeting