Upcoming Events

Planned Events

July, 2016


The Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Studies Program at WCL and the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center are pleased to announce a new jointly sponsored lecture series entitled “Brazil-United State Judicial Dialogue.”  The lectures will be held at the Woodrow Wilson Center at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC   20004.

The series will be launched on July 6 by Justice (in Brazil called “Minister”) José Antonio Dias Toffoli of the Brazilian Supreme Court (“Supreme Federal Tribunal”).  Justice Toffoli will speak on “The Evolving Role of the Brazilian Supreme Court.”  A former Solicitor General of Brazil, Justice Dias Toffoli was appointed to the Court by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.  Justice Toffoli has served as President of the Superior Electoral Tribunal, which supervises elections at all levels, and is scheduled to become President (“Chief Justice”) of the Supreme Court in September 2018, according to the tradition of rotating the post among the Court’s eleven members every two years.

On July 14, the WCL-Brazil Institute series will welcome Federal Judge Sérgio Fernando Moro of the Thirteenth Federal Criminal Court in Curitiba, in the State of Paraná.  Judge Moro has led the corruption investigation into Petrobras (Brazil’s semi-public corporation in the petroleum industry) since its beginning in March 2014.  He will discuss “Handling Political Corruption Cases in Brazil.”  Judge Moro will be honored at an invitation-only luncheon at the Law School on Friday, July 15, where he will offer brief remarks related to his work on the Petrobras case.

The WCL-Brazil Institute lecture series will feature analysis by prominent Brazilian judges and legal experts on topics of relevance for policy makers, scholars, students and business executives, including the implications of the unprecedented anti-corruption initiative that has dominated headlines in the past decade and has revealed a new attitude in Brazilian society in support of criminal accountability.

Brazil’s anti-corruption initiative has had a significant impact on the nation’s economic and political landscape.  Federal prosecutors, regulators and legal experts throughout Brazil are talking about “a new culture of compliance” taking root in the nation’s business community.  Investigations conducted by federal prosecutors have exposed massive schemes of corruption involving political parties, politicians, government officials, and major companies and business executives.  “Crime will not prevail over justice,” declared Supreme Court Vice-President, Justice Cármen Lúcia Antunes Rocha in November 2015.  Attorney General Rodrigo Janot has described the Petrobras corruption scandal now being pursued as an assault by a “criminal organization” acting within the government.

Justice Cármen Lúcia has accepted our invitation to speak on rule of law in Brazil in times turmoil after she ascends to the Presidency of the Supreme Court in September of this year.

Anticipated Events

Late August, 2016

The Program expects to conclude an agreement with the Jornal da Justiça to hold a week-long seminar for Brazilian Judges at WCL in late August on Comparative Civil Procedure, focusing in particular on innovative features of Brazil’s New Code of Civil Procedure.  High court judges from Brazil will co-present with American professors (including Judge Messitte) on such topics as Preliminary Injunctions, Precedents and Mandatory Mediation and Conciliation.

Late September, 2016

The Brazil-U.S. Program, in conjunction with other Washington-based entities specializing in Mediation Techniques for Judges and Public Attorneys, is discussing a possible week-long seminar in Washington for Brazilian Judges under the direction of Brazil’s National Judges School (ENFAM).

Early December, 2016

A week-long seminar on Mediation Techniques for Judges and Public Attorneys in Washington, much the same as that being discussed with the National Judges School, is also being discussed with the School of Magistrates of São Paulo (EPM).

Spring, 2017

Yet another program on Mediation in Washington, but for Public Attorneys, is being discussed with Brazil’s Office of the Attorney General for the Union (AGU).