State of Mexico’s energy reform is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Feb. 11

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State of Mexico’s energy reform is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Feb. 11

HOUSTON – (Feb. 4, 2016) – A conference at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Feb. 11 will bring together leading United States and Mexican energy, legal and public policy experts to discuss rule-of-law issues arising under the Mexican energy reform, most prominently related to regulatory, legal, investment, environmental and social concerns.

0205_LAWThe event is hosted by the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center and the University of Houston’s Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, in collaboration with the School of Government and Public Transformation at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, the law school of the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and the Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo think tank.

Registration for the public is now closed. Media are welcome to cover the panels but must RSVP to attend.

Who: Alejandro Ponce, chief research officer at the World Justice Project, will give the keynote address and participate in a question-and-answer session moderated by Tony Payan, the Baker Institute’s Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Mexico Center.

Baker Institute Director Edward Djerejian and Stephen Zamora, director of UH’s Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, will give welcoming and introductory remarks.

For the complete agenda and list of panelists, go to http://bakerinstitute.org/events/1762.

What: A conference titled “The Rule of Law and Mexico’s Energy Reform.”

When: Thursday, Feb. 11, 7:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.

Between 2013 and 2014, Mexico reformed its energy industry through constitutional changes and enabling legislation that represented an unprecedented break from long-standing political and legal traditions, according to event organizers. As one of the last countries to open its oil and gas sector to foreign investment, Mexico can learn important lessons from the experiences of other countries, organizers said. However, this does not guarantee the implementation of new laws will be smooth or successful, particularly in today’s fiercely competitive and expanding international energy market.

So far the implementation of Mexico’s new energy legislation has been problematic, fueling continued debate on how the reforms are, or are not, enforced. With this in mind, the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center and UH’s Center for U.S. and Mexican Law launched a major research effort to examine rule-of-law issues arising under the Mexican energy reform, in collaboration with the School of Government and Public Transformation at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, the law school of the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and the Centro de Investigación para el Desarrollo think tank.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps. Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.

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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.