Dean's Welcome to the Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Studies Program


The Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Studies Program is the first of its kind to offer a direct comparison of these countries’ legal and judicial institutions. Created in 2012, this Program serves as the focal point for expanding even further the law school’s wide-ranging partnerships with the Brazilian Bench, Bar and legal academia.  Judges, lawyers, business persons, law professors, academics and students gain extensive knowledge of the Brazilian and U.S. legal and judicial systems through the Program’s seminars and exchanges. Additionally, the Program coordinates numerous initiatives between the law school and Brazil in areas such as international commercial arbitration, trade, intellectual property and the environment. Under the experienced leadership of Senior U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte, a longtime friend and colleague of the Brazilian Judiciary and Bar, the Program taps into the extensive network of Brazilian lawyers, professors and judges working in or frequently visiting the nation’s capital. This unique Program offers exciting opportunities to forge new relationships and further expand collaborations, and is an important example of WCL’s longstanding commitment to engage the nation and world through international legal education.

Dean Claudio Grossman
Dean and Raymond I. Geraldson Scholar, International and Humanitarian Law

From Left to Right: Minister Breno Dias da Costa (Interim Representative of Brazil to the OAS),
Dr. Renata Brazil David (Former Associate Director of the Program), Judge Peter J. Messitte (Program Director),
Ambassador Mauro Vieira (Brazilian Ambassador to the U.S.) and Professor Claudio Grossman (Dean of WCL)