In 2022, Norma Piña became the first woman to head Mexico’s highest court of justice. As president of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN), Piña also became one of the counterweights to the administration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). As Mexico is a federalist republic, the powers of the union are divided equally among the executive, legislative and judicial branches. AMLO and his ruling Morena party have control over the first two, albeit with an absolute but unqualified majority in Congress. Before these bodies, Piña has headed a sovereignty that has issued verdicts that have not favored the central administration. This year, Piña was recognized by the International Association of Women Judges with the Human Rights Award, which was presented to her in Morocco.