Samuel González Cataño

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Samuel González Cataño is a Mexican lawyer currently pursuing a J.S.D. at Yale Law School, where he also obtained his LL.M. in 2022. His doctoral dissertation proposes a comparative analysis of constitutional strategic litigation as a mechanism for democratic accountability in Latin America. Samuel’s research interests include comparative law in Latin America & the Global South, legal & judicial politics, and human rights & democracy.

Before his graduate studies at Yale, Samuel obtained his law degree with high honors at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). His senior thesis “Towards Dialogic Justice? Critical Analysis of the Mexican Supreme Court’s Behavior Based on a Deliberative Paradigm” was awarded ITAM’s Alumni Research Award for outstanding research. During his law degree studies, he collaborated at Isonomía, a prestigious Mexican journal on law and philosophy, under the direction of Y.L.S. Alumni Francisca Pou Giménez (J.S.D., 2005). After graduating from Law School, he served as Assistant Law Clerk at the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice, as Expert Consultant at the Federal School for Judicial Training in Mexico, and as Advisor at the Political Affairs Office in the Consulate General of Mexico in New York.

Doctoral Committee

Robert C. Post (chair), Susan Rose-Ackerman (reader), James Q. Whitman (reader).


LL.M., Yale Law School, 2022.
LL.B., Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, 2020.
B.A. in Political Science, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, in progress.

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