The Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Studies Program at American University Washington College of Law is a comparative law program focused exclusively on Brazil and the United States and their respective legal and judicial institutions. Led by Senior United States District Judge Peter J. Messitte, the program is unique in offering a direct comparison of Brazilian legal and judicial institutions with those of the United States.

The Program offers participants a firmer understanding of both Brazilian and U.S. systems and transmits substantial practical knowledge as the two countries increase their interaction with one another.

Program Features

The Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Studies Program coordinates seminars on various comparative law issues for Brazilian judges, legal professionals, academics, and students, and also assists those in the U.S. who wish to have comparable introductions to Brazilian law and Brazilian legal and judicial institutions. The Program has been able to engage, as co-lecturers, Brazilian lawyers and legal experts who reside and work in the Washington, D.C. region, as well as Brazilian professors and judges who frequently visit the city.

In addition to organizing events and initiatives, the Program collaborates with activities that already exist between WCL and Brazil in such areas as international commercial arbitration, intellectual property, environmental law and human rights.

News & Events

Lecture on the Use of Plea Bargains in the Promotion of Justice and the Rule of Law in Brazil

Lecture on the Use of Plea Bargains in the Promotion of Justice and the Rule of Law in Brazil

July 17, 2017

On July 17, 2017, at the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center, Brazil Prosecutor-General Rodrigo Janot will address the use of plea bargains in the promotion of justice and the rule of law in Brazil. The lecture is part of the Brazil Institute’s continuing rule of law series, co-sponsored by the Washington College of Law at American University. Judge Messitte will provide commentary following the Prosecutor-General’s presentation.

Justice Luís Roberto Barroso of Brazil’s Supreme Federal Tribunal to Attend Luncheon at WCL

Justice Luís Roberto Barroso of Brazil’s Supreme Federal Tribunal to Attend Luncheon at WCL

September 8, 2017

Justice Luís Roberto Barroso of Brazil’s Supreme Federal Tribunal will be in Washington on September 8, and will participate in the continuing series on Rule of Law featuring prominent Brazilian Judges and attorneys that WCL has been jointly sponsoring with the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center. Following a morning presentation at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Justice Barroso, a leading constitutional scholar who holds a Master’s Degree from Yale Law School, will come to WCL to attend a luncheon in his honor and address students and others about several of the constitutional and other statutory reforms he has been proposing.

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