Together with the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center, WCL’s Brazil-U.S. Legal & Judicial Studies Program has co-sponsored the first of what are four planned symposia over the next two years dealing with “Courts and the Rule of Law in Democratic Brazil.”
The topic of the first symposium to be held on May 22, 2015 at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington is “The Rule of Law in Brazil: Three Decades of Progress and Challenges.” Speakers will include, among others, Brazil’s current Attorney General of the Union (i.e. for the Government) Luis Inácio Adams, former President of the Supreme Federal Tribunal Nelson Jobim, Deputy Attorney General of the Republic Raquel Dodge, Professor Maria Tereza Sadek of the University of São Paulo Law School, Professor Luciana Gross Cunha of FGV - São Paulo, and Dr. Linn Hammergren, independent rule of law consultant. Judge Messitte of WCL will also speak. Also scheduled to participate are Dean Joaquim Falcâo of the Getulio Vargas Foundation Law School of Rio de Janeiro and Dean Oscar Vilhena Vieira of the Getulio Vargas Foundation Law School of São Paulo.
Future symposia will consider “The Administration of Justice for Efficiency, Access and Effectiveness” (November 2015 at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in São Paulo); “Democracy, Compliance, Prosecution and Accountability” (in May 2016, possibly at WCL in Washington); and “The Future of Brazilian Courts and Democracy” (Brasília, November 2016). The Law Schools of the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio and São Paulo are cosponsors of these programs.
President Ricardo Lewandowski of the Supreme Federal Tribunal was planning to be in Washington to negotiate certain protocols with international organizations located here. Judge Messitte was coordinating a visit for him to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Brazilian Embassy advised Judge Messitte that President Lewandowski has found it necessary to postpone his visit to later this year. Judge Messitte will work with the Embassy then in coordinating a visit to the Supreme Court.
Presently contemplated future seminars will deal wilh agribusiness, pensions and mediation.