June 13, 2017
On June 13, the Brazil-U.S. Legal & Judicial Studies Program held a luncheon at the Law School in honor of President-Justice Ives Gandra Filho and Justice Maria Cristina Peduzzi of Brazil’s Superior Tribunal of Labor. Following the luncheon Justice Gandra spoke about pending labor legislation in Brazil and the need for reform. Justice Peduzzi spoke about the heavy caseloads in Brazilian Courts in general and in the Labor Courts in particular. She stressed that efforts are being undertaken to reduce the caseloads, including the use of precedent to decide cases of a repetitive nature. Judge Messitte offered observations with respect to the very decentralized nature of labor law in the U.S., as compared to Brazil and much of the world where centralized labor court systems predominate.
April 26-28, 2017
At a program in Brasília held from April 26 to April 28, Magistrate Judge Charles Day of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and Adjunct Professor at WCL, spoke to attorneys in the Office of Brazil’s Attorney General (AGU) about the use of mediation in settling litigation disputes. Joining Magistrate Judge Day in Brasília was WCL Adjunct Professor Claudia Dolores Frutos-Peterson, who spoke about arbitration law and practice in the U.S.
April 10, 2017
On April 10, 2017 Justice Cármen Lúcia Antunes Rocha, President of Brazil’s Supreme Federal Tribunal, attended a luncheon in her honor at WCL. Following the luncheon, she offered remarks on the importance of the protection of fundamental rights by the Judiciary. Judge Messitte added commentary, comparing Brazil’s Supreme Federal Tribunal and the U.S. Supreme Court. This was followed by a question and answer session with the audience.
The luncheon was preceded by a morning speech by President Cármen Lúcia at the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. WCL co-sponsored that event, as well, as part of its continuing partnership with the Brazil Institute to host prominent members of Brazil’s Judiciary and Legal Professions in visits to Washington.
March 2-3, 2017
Brazil’s Instituto Justiça e Cidadania and the Brazil-U.S. program at WCL held a 2-day seminar on the “Comparative Law of Contracts: Brazil and the U.S.” Speakers from Brazil included Ministers (Justices) of Brazil’s Superior Tribunal of Justice Ricardo Villas Bôas Cueva, Paulo de Tarso Sanseverino, and João Otávio Noronha, as well as other prominent individuals from Brazil. Distinguished speakers from the United States included Dr. Otaviano Canuto, Senior Vice-President of the World Bank and distinguished attorneys from the private and public sectors. Among the topics covered were: Contracts of Adhesion; Government Contracts; Joint Ventures; and Instruments for Financing Agribusiness.