To recognize cultural diversity of Mexico within resolution of legal conflicts and justice administration, particularly in cases that include indigenous groups, is the main theme of the 1st Anthropological Expert Appraisal Colloquy inaugurated in November 10th 2009, with the participation of more than 30 law and ethnography experts.


The academic forum organized by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) will take place from November 10th to 13th at El Carmen Museum, where the need of building a new way to administrate justice will be discussed, especially when intercultural issues raise, to guarantee the respect of indigenous rights.

The colloquy counts on with the collaboration of Universidad San Nicolas de Hidalgo, in Morelia, Michoacan, and originated from the necessity of strengthening dialogue between law and ethnographic work, to improve application of new legal regulations, parting from more objective argumentations and points of view based in cultural diversity of our country.

This way, anthropology rises as the science that has as an objective the study of human groups’ physical and cultural variants, contributing with this knowledge to the elaboration of anthropological expert appraisal, as declared by specialists from the organization committee.

The aim of the encounter is to propitiate academic discussion between experts of different disciplines, as well creating multidisciplinary and inter institutional fields where anthropological expert appraisal may become a more extended practice within justice administration, when individuals and groups with different cultural referents are confronted.

Themes such as Uses and customs; Hereditary-familiar antecedents in anthropological expert appraisal; Relevance of Linguistic expert appraisal, interpreters and translators among Mexican Justice System; Archaeological expert appraisal in irregular settlements, and Limits and scopes of anthropological expert appraisal, among others, will be presented at the academic meeting.

Organization committee is integrated by Carmen Morales Guadarrama, from INAH Direction of Ethnology and Social Anthropology (INAH-DEAS),Maria Elena Maruri Carrillo from IPN Center of Advanced Studies and Research, (IPN-CINESTAV), Francisco Loeza Barrientos from San Nicolas de Hidalgo University, and Julio Cesar Matias and Angelica Marin from National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH).

Activities will take place in the Fray Andres de San Miguel auditorium at El Carmen Museum, Avenida Revolucion 4, colonia San Angel, México D.F.