September 11-14, 2014

Program Director Judge Peter Messitte will give a presentation on U.S. Administrative Law at a Conference of the Tribunal Regional Federal da 4a Região in Porto Alegre, RS.


Week of August 16, 2014

As guests of the Harvard Alumni Association, FGV-Rio and the legal magazine Justiça e Cidadania, Program Director Judge Peter Messitte and the new US Supreme Court Clerk Scott Harris will be heading to São Paulo, Brasilia, and Rio de Janeiro. They will participate in a series of programs with the Tribunais de Justiça of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian Supreme Court, as well as with FGV-Rio and various bar groups.




October 25, 2013

The Brazil-U.S. Legal & Judicial Studies Program first anniversary.


During a single week in October, 2013, the Program sponsored three public events of vital interest to Brazil and Brazilians.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Dr. Paulo Abrão, Brazil’s National Secretary of Justice and President of the Ministry of Justice Amnesty Commission, presented and commented upon the critically acclaimed Brazilian human rights film “Bacuri’s Eyes” (in Portuguese titled “Repare Bem”).  It tells the story of Denise Crispim and her daughter and the torture and assassination of Denise's companion Eduardo Leite (Bacuri) by the Brazilian military during the military dictatorship.


Thursday, October 3, 2013

A Panel Discussion was held on “Internet Governance: Spying: The Case of Brazil.”  Program Director Judge Peter Messitte, Professor Michael Carroll, Dr. Costas Toregas, and Dr. Cezar Alvarez appeared as Panelists.  The Program was moderated by Dra. Nathalia Foditsch.


Friday, October 4, 2013

As a co-sponsor with the Brazil Institute, the Program presented a Panel Discussion on the Mensalão (Big Monthly Payment) criminal case, which, at the time, stood before the Supreme Federal Tribunal for reconsideration.  Panelists included, from United States, Program Director Judge Peter J. Messitte, Professor of Political Science Matthew Taylor, and from Brazil, Dean Oscar Vilhena and Professor Federico Normanha Ribeiro de Almeida of the Getulio Vargas Foundation-São Paulo Law School.  The Program was held internationally by Skype, with the Americans in Washington and the Brazilians in São Paulo.  The Program was moderated by Paulo Sotero, Director of the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center.

The Brazil-U.S. Legal & Judicial Studies Program is proud to provide a continuous forum for the examination of legal and judicial issues of mutual concern to Brazil and the United States.                                 


In June 2013, the Jornal Notícias do Congresso Nacional - Instituto de Estudos Legislativos Brasileiros, an official publication by the Brazilian Legislative Studies Institute, published an article by Judge Messitte on initiatives taken by the United States to combat organized crime.

The article can be found here, on pages 14 and 15. (Available only in Portuguese)



In May, 2013 O Estado de S. Paulo, one of Brazil's most respected newspapers, published an extensive interview with Judge Messitte in which he discussed issues with respect to age for criminal responsibility in the U.S. The article can be found here.