Julio Ríos-Figueroa is Associate Professor of Political Science at CIDE, in Mexico City. His work focuses on comparative judicial institutions and the rule of law. He is co-editor. He is author of the book Constitutional Courts as Mediators. Armed Conflict, Civil-Military Relations, and the Rule of Law in Latin America as well as co-editor with Gretchen Helmke of the volume Courts in Latin America both published by Cambridge University Press. Professor Ríos-Figueroa currently is Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Center of Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford, and the editor of Política y gobierno.