Dr Mariana Velasco-Rivera


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 Chapter

Year Publication
2023 Velasco-Rivera M; Colón-Ríos J (2023) 'The Material Constitution in Latin American Courts' In: The Cambridge Handbook on the Material Constitution. UK : Cambridge University Press. [Link]
2022 Velasco-Rivera M (2022) 'Reformas Constitucionales Arbitrarias' In: El Estado de Derecho en el México Contemporáneo. Mexico : El Colegio de México.
2019 Velasco-Rivera M (2019) 'The Political Sources of Constitutional Amendment (Non)Difficulty in Mexico' In: Constitutional Change and Transformation in Latin America. UK : Hart Publishing. [Link]

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2023 Velasco-Rivera M; Colón-Ríos J (2023) 'On the legal implications of a 'permanent' constituent power'. Global Constitutionalism, .
2021 Mariana Velasco-Rivera (2021) 'Constitutional rigidity: The Mexican experiment'. International Journal of Constitutional Law, . https://doi.org/10.1093/icon/moab087

Other Journal

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


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

Book Review

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