José Luis Vargas Valdez
Judge at the Federal Electoral Tribunal
Justice Vargas Valdez holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law by the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM, in Spanish), and a Master’s degree in Public Law by the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. He is a PhD candidate in Public Law with a specialty in Constitutional Law with the dissertation "The profile of the Constitutional Judge: analysis of the guarantees of independence and impartiality". In 2005, he obtained the degree of Research Sufficiency and the Diploma of Advanced Studies awarded by the Spanish State.
In the beginning of his career, Justice Vargas Valdez worked as Research Assistant at the Department of Law of ITAM. His professional focus area has always been closely related to electoral law. Previously at the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary (TEPJF), he has acted as Chief Clerk of the High Chamber. He has also been the Head of the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office for Electoral Offenses (FEPADE, in Spanish) of the Attorney-General of the Republic. In the Federal Electoral Institute (then IFE, now INE, in Spanish), he has acted as Legal Adviser at the Presidency of the General Council and at the Counselor’s Office, as well as in the Electoral Institute of the Federal District.
At the Federal Public Administration, Justice Vargas Valdez was the Head of Unit as well as Coordinator of Legal Affairs of the Sub Secretariat for Political Development at the Ministry of the Interior, among other positions.
As a litigation lawyer in constitutional, electoral and administrative law, Justice Vargas Valdez acted as Partner in the law firm Vargas, Castilla, González Matus Lawyers S.C., and as Managing Partner of the JL Vargas and Associates S.C.
Justice Vargas Valdez has taught various courses, seminars and graduate classes in topics such as Electoral Law, Constitutional Law and Fundamental Laws, as well as National Security and Procurement of Justice. His teaching and academic activities have been carried out at the following academic institutions: El Colegio de México (COLMEX), Legal Research Institute at the UNAM (IIJ-UNAM), Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), National Institute of Public Administration (INAP), University of Veracruz (UV), University of Pompeu Fabra, University Carlos III and Complutense University of Madrid. Since 2011, he is member of the College of Researcher Professors with Formal Academic Activities in Foreign Universities of Excellency (COPUEX).
Publications and Collaborations
He has contributed with a wide array of academic articles and opinion pieces to various publications, such as the newspapers and journals El Universal, Milenio, Voz y Voto, Revista Este País, Journal of the Legal Research Institute at the UNAM, Revista Mexicana de Justicia, and publications by the Federal Institute of Access to Information, among others. He was a columnist of the Newspaper Excélsior, commentator for the radio channel of the news anchor Jorge Fernández Menéndez and has collaborated in various television programs of the TV media outlet Cadena Tres.
At the proposal of the Supreme Court of Justice, the Mexican Senate elected him Justice of the High Chamber of the Electoral Tribunal of Mexico, for a seven-year period, starting his office on November 4th, 2016.
Justice Vargas Valdez has been a Senior Consultant on election offenses and the resolution of legal disputes for the Organization of American States (OAS) and has participated in various election observation missions in the United States, Colombia and El Salvador, among others.