Marllon Sousa

SJD Candidate

 

Marllon Sousa, an SJD candidate at American University Washington College of Law, is working on his dissertation titled, “ Plea Bargaining in Brazil: Improving Criminal Trials Through the Balance Between the Utilitarian Justice and the Defendant’s Fundamental Rights." His academic interests and professional expertise include: Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Comparative Criminal Procedure, Brazilian Constitutional Law, and Brazilian Election Law.

Currently, Mr. Sousa is a federal judge of the First District Circuit in Brazil. He is the main Judge of the 2nd Federal Criminal Court of the Amazonas State. He also taught Criminal Procedure in a local law school until July 2016. Prior to being appointed as a federal judge, he worked as a detective at the Federal District Department of Police (Brasilia-BRA-2006) and as a procedural analyst at the District Election Court of Minas Gerais (2006-2011). He was a member of the Brazilian BAR Association from 2004 to 2006, but then went on to cancel his association in order to start working as a public servant (Executive and Judiciary branches). 

Degrees & Universities

S.J.D., Candidate, American University Washington College of Law
Master of Laws, Faculdade de Direito da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais – UFMG, Belo Horizonte Brazil, 2014
Bachelor of Law, Escola de Direito da Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Brazil, 2003
Certificated Specialization (360h), Election Law and Procedure, Centro Universitário Claretiano, Brazil, 2008

Areas of Specialization

Comparative Criminal Procedural Law
Brazilian Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
Brazilian Election Law

Languages

Portuguese (native), English (advanced) and Spanish (functional).

Contact Information

For publications and more information, go to http://lattes.cnpq.br/6628475271327088

To contact Mr. Sousa, email him at ms2668b@student.american.edu.