Judge Peter J. Messitte
The Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Studies Program is headed by Senior U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte, a longtime friend and colleague of the Brazilian Judiciary and Bar. Judge Messitte is a former Member of the International Judicial Relations Committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference, where he chaired the Working Group on Latin America and the Caribbean. He is currently Special Advisor to the Advisory Council of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative for Latin America and the Caribbean. Judge Messitte speaks fluent Portuguese and has written and spoken widely about Brazil-U.S. legal and judicial topics for many years.