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
• Certificate of Completion: $1,200.
• Alumni and Non-Profit Rate: $900.
• Academic credit: $1,750.
Credit and Application:• Non-refundable application fee: $65.
• 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.
- 10+ registrants: 15% discount
- 6–9 registrants: 10% discount
- 3–5 registrants: 5% discount
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"Brazil and US Legal & Judicial Systems: A Comparative Analysis"
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.
- 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
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
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
* Topics covered and Lecturers are subject to change.