Feb. 11, 2014 – Justice José Ramón Cossío Díaz, Distinguished Jurist in Residence of the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, was recently inducted into Mexico’s Colegio Nacional, an elite academy of arts and sciences created by President Manuel Ávila Camacho in 1943. El Colegio Nacional, limited to 40 members-for-life at any one time, convenes the most accomplished minds in the fields of philosophy, sciences, and the arts to further the free exchange of ideas to benefit society. Since its inception, only 92 persons have received the honor of being members of the institution; the list includes renowned artists José Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera, composer Carlos Chávez, novelist Mariano Azuela, and educator José Vasconcelos.
At the induction ceremony, held February 11, Dr. Manuel Peimbert Sierra, the institution’s president, recognized Justice Cossío’s contributions in fostering excellence in legal education, and his active participation in efforts of judicial reform. In his induction speech, Justice Cossío Díaz emphasized El Colegio Nacional’s potential as a forum to discuss the need for further improvements to the Mexican justice system. He also mentioned the importance of recognizing the law’s capacity to serve society, as well as the need to improve the legal profession’s capability of protecting all classes of people.
Dr. Hector Fix-Zamudio, a renowned Mexican expert on constitutional law and human rights, and former President of the Interamerican Court of Human Rights, commented on Dr. Cossío’s stature as a scholar and jurist. The ceremony concluded with Dr. Peimbert awarding Justice Cossío the institution’s medal, and presenting him with the scroll that recognizes him as a member. Present at the event were the members of El Colegio Nacional, the other Justices of the Mexican Supreme Court, officials from the federal government and the Federal District, several distinguished legal academics, and Dr. Cossío’s family, friends and colleagues.
Justice Cossío, a legal scholar, served as Dean of the ITAM University School of Law before his appointment to the Mexican Supreme Court in 2003. He is the author of numerous treatises on constitutional law, and is a member of numerous academic societies, including the Mexican Academy of Sciences, the National Institute of Genomic Medicine, the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico, and the Mexican Academy of International Law, among other institutions. He is also a foreign member of the American Law Institute.
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