Third edition of Electoral Dictionary

Fecha: (7/4/2017 3:14:56 PM)


San José, Costa Rica. On June 21, 2017, the IIHR Inter-American Classroom of Human Rights hosted the presentation of the third edition of the Electoral Dictionary, which had been unveiled recently in Mexico City. Attending were contributors to the volume and members of the Editorial Committee, university professors and students, and the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Costa Rica (TSE), co-sponsor of the event together with the Electoral Tribunal of the Judiciary of Mexico (TEPJF), and interested members of the public.


Presiding over the event were Sonia Picado and José Thompson, Honorary President and Executive Director of the IIHR; Luis Antonio Sobrado, President of the TSE, and Juan Carlos Silva, judge of the Regional Chamber of the TEPJF. They were accompanied by Harry Brown, member of the Editorial Committee; Rotsay Rosales, author; Fernanda Rodríguez, of the TEPJF Office of International Cooperation, and Sofía Vincenzi, staff member of the Center for Electoral Promotion and Assistance (IIHR/CAPEL).


Mexico City. On May 24, 2017, the Electoral Tribunal of the Judiciary of Mexico (TEPJF) unveiled the third edition of the Electoral Dictionary. Janine Madeline Otálora Malassis, President of the Superior Chamber of the Tribunal, and Joseph Thompson, Executive Director of the IIHR and its Center for Electoral Promotion and Assistance (IIHR.CAPEL) headed the event. They were joined by José Ángel Aquino (Dominican Republic), Delia Ferreira (Argentina), Flavia Freidenberg (Argentina, researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and Salvador Romero Ballivián (Bolivia), members of  the Editorial Committee.

In his remarks, Mr. Thompson recognized the commitment of the TEPJF in publishing this edition of the Dictionary and thanked the authors of its 168 articles, as well as the efforts of the Committee. He  and President Otálora also commended the labors of Sofía Vincenzi, of IIHR/CAPEL, and Alberto Guevara, of the Tribunal, who coordinated the process.


Also on May 24, the Dictionary was presented to the academic community at the Institute of Juridical Research of the UNAM. Speaking at this event were Carlos Navarro Fierro, Director of International Studies and Projects of the National Electoral Institute; María Marván Laborde and Flavia Freidenberg, researchers at IU-UNAM; César Astudillo Reyes, Secretary of University Community Affairs; José Luis Vargas Valdez, judge of the Superior Chamber of the Tribunal; Pedro Salazar Ugarte, Director of IJ-UNAM; Manuel González Oropeza, Professor of the UNAM Law School; and Mr. Thompson.

IIHR/CAPEL and TEPJF proposed up-dating the entries of the Dictionary in order to “maintain the usefulness of the Dictionary so that it might continue to be a reference work for the study, understanding and dissemination of democracy and the entire electoral apparatus, on which political rights depend. This publication also features improved entries and new concepts. The first edition, published by CAPEL in 1989, was a highly specialized reference work for entities and individuals who work in the field. The second edition, also published by CAPEL, dates from 2000 and responded to juridical, administrative and institutional changes in the region. This third edition, in which 144 authors were responsible for 168 entries of which five have been retained from the second edition. It contains 69 new and 94 up-dated entries and additions to the bibliogrphy.

This third edition will soon be available, in Spanish, at


Presentation at the Book Fair of the TEPJF, aquí