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Macquarie Law School

Rodrigo Camarena González

Law School HDR Student - Rodrigo Camarena Gonzalez

LLB (Universidad de Guadalajara, Guadalajara - Mexico), Master of Jurisprudence (University of Sydney- Australia), Ph.D. In Law (Macquarie University, Sydney - Australia).

Biography

Rodrigo completed his PhD in 2017. His thesis proposes a normative theory of precedent tailored to civil law constitutionalism using Mexico and Colombia as case studies.

Currently, Rodrigo holds the position of Associate Professor (Professor Asociado) in the Department of Law in ITAM in Mexico City. He teaches Mexican Constitutional Law to undergraduates and continues his research on judicial precedent and constitutional migrations.

Thesis Title

A Conception of Constitutional Precedent for the Civil Law

Thesis Abstract

This thesis critically assesses the migration of the common law doctrine of precedent to civil law constitutionalism using Colombia and Mexico as case studies.  With the aim of reconfiguring the doctrine of precedent according to civil law style of legal reasoning and endemic challenges, this thesis endorses a normative conception of constitutional precedent called Constitutional Reciprocity. This conception is an adaptation of John Rawls' coherentist method of Reflective Equilibrium for the institutional and intersubjective context of constitutional adjudication in the civil law.

Supervisors

Principal Supervisor: Associate Professor Carlos Bernal Pulido
Associate Supervisor: Professor Denise Meyerson

Articles

  • Camarena Gonzalez, R. 2017, 'La derrotabilidad del precedente constitucional: a propósito de la C.T.299/2013', Revista del Centro de Estudios Constitucionales de la Suprema Corte, 309-348, III, (4). ISSN 2448-6965.Conzalez Gonzalez, R, 2016,  'From Jurisprudence Constante to Stare Decisis: The Migration of the Doctrine of Precedent to Civil Law Constitutionalism, Transnational Legal Theory,  257-286. ISSN 2041-4005.
  • Camarena Gonzalez, R, 2015, 'La incoherencia como arbitrariedad', 20 (1), Letras Jurídicas (Colombia), p.121-149. ISSN 0122-7564.
  • Camarena Gonzalez, R., 2013, 'Punitive Damages and their Alternatives in Mexican Environmental Law', 6 (1) Mexican Law Review, p, 45-74. ISSN 1870-0578
  • Camarena Gonzalez, R, 2012, 'La Protección de los Derechos Fundamentales y la Revisión de la Constitucionalidad como Construcciones Socio-legales Endémicas', 14 Letras Jurídicas (México), pp. 1-38. ISSN 1870-2155.

Book Chapters

  • Camarena González, R, forthcoming 'La creación del precedente en la Suprema Corte' in Carlos Bernal (coord), El precedente constitucional en la Suprema Corte, Centro de Estudios Constitucionales de la Suprema Corte.

Translations

  • Bernal Pulido, C, 'La migración del principio de proporcionalidad a través de Europa' (The Migration of Proportionality Across Europe), 2015, in Miguel Carbonell et al (eds), Estudios en Homenaje a Jorge Carpizo, UNAM.
  • Bernal Pulido, C. and Bustamante, T. (eds.) 2015, Los fundamentos filosóficos del precedente judicial (On the Philosophy of Precedent), Universidad Externado de Colombia, p. 320, ISBN 9789587722697.
  • Bernal Pulido, C and Albert, R, (eds), 2017, Cambio constitucional informal (Informal Constitutional Change), 2017, Universidad Externado de Colombia, p. 439. ISBN: 9789587725360
  • Albert, R, forthcoming, Formas y función de la enmienda constitucional (Essays on the rules and functions of Constitutional Amendment), Bogotá: Universidad Externado de Colombia.

Grants, Awards and Recognition

  • 2015: PGRF Grant (Postgraduate Research Fund). Macquarie University, for carrying out a research visit at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, August to November 2015.
  • 2014: Centre for Agency Value and Ethics, Macquarie University, grant for organising a workshop on the role of coherence in legal reasoning.
  • 2013: Scholarship, University of Guadalajara, to pursue the PhD in Law at Macquarie University, 2013-2017.
  • 2012: Scholarship, Mexican National Council for Science and Technology, to pursue the Master of Jurisprudence at University of Sydney.
  • 2008: Second national place and first state place, Second Legal Olympiad, Mexican Supreme Court.