New General Counsel of the UNAM;  is critical for plagiarism of minister

The rector of the UNAM, Enrique Graue Wiechers, appointed Hugo Alejandro Concha Cantú as the new general lawyer of the house of studies, replacing Alfredo Sánchez.

According to university legislation, the position is freely appointed and removed by the rector.

Concha takes office while the UNAM is under the public eye for the role it plays in determining whether to sanction Minister Yasmín Esquivel for the accusation of plagiarism of her Law Degree thesis.

The outgoing lawyer signed a document that concludes the “impossibility of withdrawing” the title of the current minister.

On the other hand, the incoming lawyer has written tweets that condemn the academic plagiarism under investigation and has criticized the current minister’s defense, both in the complaint for her undergraduate thesis and in the doctorate she studied at the Anahuac University (private). .

Incredible that Minister Esquivel tried to confuse by lying. Her claim does not hold up. If it was a youth mistake, by denying it she confirms her current dishonesty. In addition to having been so, she confirms the crime of her thesis director. We need a full SCJN. (December 26, 2022).


Hugo Alejandro Concha Cantú expressed feeling very honored with this new assignment and stated that he will seek to support all the entities that make up this house of studies.

He has a law degree from UNAM and a master’s degree in International Relations from The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University.

Since 1994 he has been a researcher at the Institute for Legal Research (IIJ) of the UNAM and has been a visiting researcher at the Center for the Study of Mexico, the Ortega y Gasset Foundation, at the Pompeu Fabre University, Barcelona.

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Among the positions he has held are: adviser to the Attorney General of the Republic (1994); Deputy Director of International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit; adviser to the General Advocate of the UNAM (1995-1996); adviser to the president of the National Human Rights Commission (2000 and 2002); and external consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, in 2000.

In addition, he was in charge of the Executive Secretariat of the Federal Electoral Institute, from April to June 2008, and was Executive Director of Electoral Training and Civic Education, from October 2005 to January 2010.

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