Past Events

2014

 

April 8-9, 2014

Seminar for Brazilian Consular Officials of the Brazilian General Consulate – Boston

 

This seminar, which Judge Messitte coordinated for the General Consulate of Brazil in Boston, examined aspects of legal interest – e.g., immigration law, criminal law, contract and tort laws, among others – to consular officials from Brazil.  Also in attendance were consular officials from Mexico, Haiti, Turkey, Cape Verde and Venezuela.  The speakers, in addition to Judge Messitte, included, among others, the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court, the District Attorney for Suffolk County (Boston), and the Deputy Regional Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

 

April 14-18, 2014

Seminar for Brazilian Judges & Prosecutors on Alternative Dispute Resolution


Another in the series of Seminars for selected Brazilian judges and prosecutors at WCL, following the format of the November 2013 and December 2013 Programs. The topic was arbitration, mediation, and conciliation.  Dr. José Mariano Beltrame, Secretary for Security of the State of Rio de Janeiro, was among the distinguished speakers.  Secretary Beltrame spoke about mediation services performed by Police Pacification Units (UPP) of his Secretariat.

 

2013

December 2-6, 2013
1st Forum on Comparative Social Security Laws: Brazil & the US
Challeges to the Two Systems

Promote discussion on the current challenges of Social Security, in a comparative view Brazil-United States of America.
A Seminar for select Brazilian jurists at WCL. Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki and Superior Tribunal of Justice Ministers Ricardo Villas Bôas Cueva and Paulo Sanseverino were among the distinguished lecturers.


November 18-22, 2013
Seminar for the Jornal da Justiça

The Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Studies Program collaborated with the International Judicial Academy and the Jornal da Justiça to present a seminar on High Legal Capacity for Judges and Justice Administrators attended by more than 30 Brazilian judges and state prosecutors.
The seminar also included site visits to the Federal Courthouse in Greenbelt, Maryland, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the Federal Judicial Center and the Library of Congress.

October 4, from 10 am to noon Washington time (=11 am to 1 pm Brasilia time), Woodrow Wilson Center

Together with the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center,  WCL and the Brazil - US Legal & Judicial Studies Program  have   sponsored  a seminar to discuss recent developments in the Mensalão case, in which several high-level  Brazilian politicians have been convicted of various crimes of corruption.

Dean Oscar Vilhena of the Getúlio Vargas Law  School/São Paulo was one of the Brazilian presenters, and  was accompanied by Dr. Federico Normanha  Ribeiro de Almeida, Director of Graduate Studies at the GV Law  and Professor of Political Science at the  São Judas Tadeu  University in São Paulo. Live video from São Paulo.

Judge Messitte of the Brazil - US Legal & Judicial Studies Program - and Professor Matthew  M. Taylor, of  the American University School of International  Service took part live from Washington.

 

October 3rd, 2013, (noon to 2:00 p.m.), 4801 Massachussetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

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.

October 1st, 2013, AU WCL, Student Lounges, 6th floor, 4801 Massachussetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

The Program was pleased to host the Documentary "Bacuri's Eyes", with an introduction by Dr. Paulo Abrão, National Secretary of Justice and President of the Brazilian Ministry of Justice's Amnesty and Reparation Commission.

Sponsored by: Brazil Interest Society; Impact Litigation Project

June 24-27, 2013
Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Systems: A Comparative Analysis

This week-long course, which compared key Brazil and U.S. legal and judicial institutions point-by-point, was offered at the Law School from June 24 – 27, 2013. Led by Judge Messitte, the course also featured, as co-lecturers, distinguished Brazilian lawyers, judges and academics.

The course included a site visit to the Federal Courthouse in Greenbelt, Maryland.

April 15-19, 2013
Seminar on Advanced Legal Topics for Justice Administrators in Brazil

The Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Studies Program collaborated with the International Judicial Academy and the Jornal da Justiça to present a seminar on Advanced Legal Issues for Justice Administrators attended by more than 30 Brazilian judges and state prosecutors.

The seminar also included site visits to the Federal Courthouse in Greenbelt, Maryland, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the Federal Judicial Center and the Library of Congress.

April 1-5, 2013
7th Conference prepared for the National Association of Judges of the Brazilian Labor Courts -ANAMATRA

Every two years, the National Association of Judges of the Brazilian Labor Courts (ANAMATRA) holds a conference for its members in a city outside of Brazil. The Program, in collaboration with the International Judicial Academy and ANAMATRA, organized the conference in Washington, at WCL, during the first week of April 2013. Over 100 Brazilian Labor Law judges attended the conference, which focused on comparing Brazil and U.S. Labor and Employment Laws. WCL Professors Lubbers and Ugelow, as well as several distinguished U.S. government officials and union lawyers, discussed U.S. Labor and Employment Laws.

Aditionally, WCL students played the role of jurors in a Mock Trial involving employment discrimination and sexual harassment, presented at the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Participants at the preparatory meeting for the ANAMATRA Conference

 

March 7, 2013
Round Table: Arbitration in Brazil

An open event organized by the WCL Center on International Commercial Arbitration, in which Brazilian and American specialists discussed the current state of affairs and what the future holds for international commercial arbitration in Brazil.


2012

November 12-16, 2012
Advanced Legal Topics for Justice Administrators in Brazil

The Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Studies Program collaborated with the International Judicial Academy to host a seminar on Advanced Legal Topics for Justice Administrators, which was attended by more than 30 Brazilian judges and state prosecutors, including the President of the Tribunal of Justice of Rio de Janeiro (Desembargador Manoel Alberto Rebêlo dos Santos) and guest speaker Brazilian Senator Cristovam Buarque. In addition to the site visits included in previous seminars and courses, the Program also included a reception at the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

October 25, 2012
Launch of the Program

WCL hosted a luncheon to announce the launch of the Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Studies Program, which was attended by the Brazilian Ambassador to the U.S. Mauro Vieira, Minister Breno Dias da Costa, Interim Representative of Brazil to the Organization of American States, and a number of distinguished judges, lawyers, academics, government officials and members of the business community.

Click here to watch Judge Messitte's and Ambassador Vieira's inaugural remarks.