María de los Ángeles Estrada, 2014

María de los Ángeles received her Bachelor of Laws from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in 2004. At the time, she was working for the Federal Institute of Transparency, Public Information Access, and Personal Data Protection (IFAI). By 2008, when she was named Director of Analysis and Projects, she was in charge of drafting decisions involving the interpretation of the Federal Transparency Law. Afterwards, she became a legal advisor for one the Commissioners of Mexico´s City Institute of Transparency and Public Information Access (INFODF).

In 2011, she began working for the Mexican Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) in the Technical Secretariat of the Coordinating Council for the Implementation of the Criminal Justice System (SETEC). There, she analyzed the institutional relations of states and the federal government, in order to evaluate the transit from an inquisitorial to an accusatory criminal system.

By 2012 she was working for the Unites States of America Embassy in Mexico City at the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), as their Culture of Lawfulness (COL) Program Specialist. In this post she worked mainly with the Government of Mexico, Non-Governmental Organizations, and subject-matter experts, in order to implement the fourth pillar of the Merida Initiative: Building Strong and Resilient Communities.

María de los Ángeles received from the ITAM the first prize for the best bachelor’s thesis for her work about The Geneva Conventions and Non-International Armed Conflicts (El Derecho de Ginebra frente a los Conflictos Armados sin Carácter Internacional). This work was published in 2006 by the Legal Research Institute of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

At The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, María is interested in studying Public International Law, Humanitarian Law, and Transitional Justice in Post-conflict Societies.


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