Survey Course

 

 

This unique one-week course at American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) features  point-by-point comparisons between the  Brazilian and United States legal and judicial systems. This  intensive course offers its participants a firm understanding of both the  Brazilian and U.S. legal and judicial systems, and transmits substantial practical knowledge as the  two countries continue to increase their interaction with one another. The course will  be led by Senior United States District Judge Peter J. Messitte, director of the law  school’s Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Studies Program, a recognized advocate for promoting understanding between Brazilian and American judges and attorneys. Judge Messitte will  bring to bear his expertise in American Law gained in a 42-year career as a private practitioner, a Maryland state trial judge, and a United States federal trial judge. Distinguished Brazilian lawyers, judges, and academics with expertise in specific topic areas in Brazilian law  and practice will  serve as co-presenters during the  course. The instructors will  engage in extensive conversation with participants and will  offer their insights on the  similarities and differences of the  U.S. and Brazilian judicial systems. The course will  include a visit to the  Federal Courthouse in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The course offers an ideal introduction for Brazilian law students, judges, lawyers, academics, and business people to learn about the  U.S. legal and judicial systems and for Americans to learn about the  Brazilian systems.

Topics covered: *

Introduction to Brazilian Law
Introduction to American Law
Constitutional Law
Court Organization
Judges  and Judicial Careers
Legal  Education and the Legal  Profession

Civil Procedure
Criminal Procedure
Governmental Regulatory Structures
Problems of Justice

Fees:

Certificate of Completion: $1,200.
• Alumni and Non-Profit Rate: $900.
• Academic credit: $1,750.
• Non-refundable application fee: $65.

Credit and Application:
• Courses may  be taken for academic credit, a Certificate of Completion, or CLE  credit.
• Discounts are available for AUWCL alumni and full-time members of non-governmental organizations,

academic institutions, and governments.

Group Rates:

  • 10+ registrants: 15% discount
  • 6–9 registrants: 10% discount
  • 3–5 registrants: 5% discount
• To apply, and for eligibility for special/group rates,
contact the Program at brazil@wcl.american.edu

Please contact the Associate Director for further information: brazil@wcl.american.edu

 

 

"Brazil and US Legal & Judicial Systems: A Comparative Analysis"


Class of 2013 Summer Course on Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Systems
Class of 2013

The aim of this intensive one-week course, which was given in June 2013, was not only to give its participants a firmer understanding of both Brazilian and U.S. systems, but to transmit substantial practical knowledge as the two countries continue to increase their interaction with one another.  The course was led by Senior United States District Judge Peter J. Messitte, Director of the WCL Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Studies Program, who has been widely honored by the Brazilian bench and bar for promoting understanding between the Brazilian and American legal and judicial systems. Distinguished Brazilian lawyers, judges, professors and academics co-presented the course.

Every topic was taught by Judge Messitte with respect to American law and by specialists in Brazilian law, who engaged in extended conversations to give the students an overview of both systems, highlighting the similarities and differences of the systems. The course included a visit to the Federal Courthouse in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The course is an ideal way for Brazilian law students, judges, lawyers, academics and businessmen to learn about the U.S. legal and judicial systems and, of course, vice-versa. The uniqueness of the course is the point-by-point comparison between the Brazilian and U.S. systems, as opposed to trying to relate U.S. institutions to Latin American legal and judicial institutions in general.

 

TOPICS COVERED

  • Common Law and Civil Law Systems
  • Introduction to Brazilian Law
  • Introduction to American Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Court Organization
  • Judges and Judicial Career
  • Legal Education and Legal Profession
  • Civil Procedure
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Governmental Regulatory Structures
  • Problems of Justice

 

COURSE LECTURERS

Peter J. Messitte , Senior U.S. District Judge and Director of the Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Studies Program

The Honorable Fausto Martin De Sanctis, Federal Appellate Judge, Third Federal Appellate Court, Brazil

The Honorable Evaldo de Oliveira Fernandes Filho,
Federal Judge of First Instance, Fourteenth District of Minas Gerais, First Region, Brazil

The Honorable Simone Lemos Fernandes (Ph.D. in Law),
Federal Judge of First Instance, Seventh District of Minas Gerais, First Region, Brazil

Renata Brazil David, Esq., S.J.D. (Ph.D. in Law), Former Associate Director of the Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Studies Program, Washington

Amauri G. Costa, Esq., Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani, LL. P., Washington

Nathalia Foditsch, Esq.,
Regulatory Consultant to the Broadband Platform, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington

Eduardo Soares, Esq., Senior Foreign Law Specialist at the Law Library of Congress, Washington

Bernardo Weaver, Esq., Secretary to the Sanctions Committee at Inter-American Development Bank, Washington

 

PAPERS

At the end of the course, students were required to submit papers. For the 2013 course, two outstanding works were chosen to post on our site, one in English and the other in Portuguese.

MARQUES, Nadejda. The Legacy of the Office of the Prosecutor in Brazil

MENDES, Luciene Angelica. O acordo de vontades no processo criminal do Brasil e dos Estados Unidos

 

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* Topics covered and Lecturers are subject to change.