The Center for U.S. and Mexican Law congratulates Dr. Sergio López Ayllón on his new appointment as Chancellor (Director General) of Mexico's Centro de Investigación y Docencia Economicas (CIDE) for the period 2013-2018.  Dr. López Ayllón is a member of the Advisory Board of our Center, and is also a founding member of the North American Consortium on Legal Education (NACLE), which the Center administers.  See www.nacle.org

CIDE is a highly respected public university in Mexico City, with a reputation for outstanding research in the social sciences. Supported by Mexico's National Science Foundation (Comisión Nacional de Ciencias y Tecnología), CIDE added a law school to its curriculum over a decade ago.   CIDE is committed to generating knowledge in the country and developing leaders who value creativity, responsibility and ethics.

The selection process for Chancellor was extremely competitive, but Dr. López Ayllón's impressive academic and professional background won over the CIDE executive board. Dr. López Ayllón has gained extensive experience and recognition in teaching and research at national and international universities and research centers. He received his Ph.D. in Law (Doctorado en Derecho) from UNAM in 1997. He also obtained a Master's Degree in Sociology of Law from the University of Law, Economy and Social Sciences of Paris (Paris II). Between 1995 and 2000, he was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Legal Research at UNAM, where he also served as Assistant Director of the Institute in his last year. He is currently a full time professor at CIDE's Public Administration Division in Mexico City.

Dr. López Ayllón has participated in the design of various constitutional amendments, laws and regulations in Mexico relating to human rights, public administration and justice, science and technology, antitrust regulation and international trade. In the Mexican Federal Government, he served as General Director at the Federal Regulatory Improvement Commission from 2001 to 2004. One of his main responsibilities was the drafting and negotiation of Mexico's first transparency law, the Federal Access to Information Law, adopted in 2002. As Deputy General Counsel of the Undersecretary of International Trade Negotiations from 1991 to 1995, he participated in the NAFTA negotiations and assisted with the implementation of the agreement in Mexico. He has also acted as a consultant to the Transition Team of President Vicente Fox (2000 -2006), to the Federal Congress, to the Mexican Supreme Court, and to other governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Dr López Ayllón has published extensively on international trade law, sociology of law, economic regulation, and freedom of information. Some of his recent books include "The Transformation of the Mexican Legal System and the Social Meanings of Law in Mexico", "Transiciones y diseños institucionales", and "Globalization, Rule of Law and Legal Certainty."

In his first message as Director General, Dr. Lopez Ayllon confirmed CIDE's commitment to promoting knowledge communities that place human beings in situations of ongoing progress and innovation. He also pledged to strengthen CIDE's ability to disseminate knowledge and to influence the Mexican state and society.

For more information on Dr. López Ayllón, please consult the CIDE website: www.cide.edu