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"Brazil and US Legal & Judicial Systems: A Comparative Analysis"
(JUNE 24 – 27, 2013)
This week-long course, comparing Brazil and US legal and judicial institutions, will take place at American University Washington College of Law, from June 24 to June 27, 2013.
The aim of this intensive one-week course is 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 will be led by Senior United States District Judge Peter J. Messitte, Director of the AUWCL 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 will serve as co-presenters during the course.
Every topic will be taught by a specialist in American law and a specialist in Brazilian law, who will engage in a conversation to give the students an overview of both systems, highlighting the similarities and differences of the systems. The course will include a visit to Federal Courthouse in Greenbelt, Maryland.
It is an ideal way for Brazilian law students, judges, lawyers, academics and businessmen to learn about the US legal and judicial systems. The uniqueness of the course is that there will be always a point-by-point comparison between the two 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
Peter Messitte , US District Judge and Director of the Brazil-US 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, Fourteenth District of Minas Gerais, First Region, Brazil
The Honorable Simone Lemos Fernandes (Ph.D. in Law), Federal Judge, Seventh District of Minas Gerais, First Region, Brazil
Renata Brazil David , S.J.D. (Ph.D. in Law), Associate Director of the Brazil-US Legal and Judicial Studies Program
Amauri G. Costa , Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani, LL.P.
Nathalia Foditsch, Regulatory Consultant to the Broadband Platform, Inter-American Development Bank
Antonio Gidi , S.J.D. (Ph.D. in Law), Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center
Eduardo Soares, Senior Foreign Law Specialist at the Law Library of Congress
Bernardo Weaver, Secretary to the Sanctions Committee at Inter-American Development Bank
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 NGO's, academic institutions and governments.