Recent News & Events

January 11, 2018

Confronting Corruption – Brazil’s Operation Car Wash:  Lessons for Justice & Economic Reform Agendas

On January 11, 2018 Judge Messitte spoke at the World Bank, Washington, D.C. (streamed world-wide) on the topic of “Confronting Corruption – Brazil’s Operation Car Wash:  Lessons for Justice & Economic Reform Agendas.”

December 11, 2017

Current Trends in the Federal Judiciary in the United States

Judge Messitte traveled to Fortaleza in the northeast of Brazil at the invitation of the Federal Council of Justice and the Magistrate School of the Second Federal Region.  He spoke about "Current Trends in the Federal Judiciary in the United States."

December 10, 2017

Corporate Plea Bargaining

On December 10, 2017, Judge Messitte spoke to the Association of Attorneys of São Paulo (including a nationwide hook-up)  on the topic of “Corporate Plea Bargaining.”  On the Panel with him was Minister Ricardo Vilas Bôas Cueva of the Superior Tribunal of Justice.  The Program was moderated by Flavio Yarshall, a Professor at the University of São Paulo Law School.

December 6, 2017

Case Management and Precedents

On December 6, 2017, Judge Messitte addressed the Brazilian Institute of Public Law in São Paulo on the topic of “Case Management & Precedents.”  The event was held at the University of São Paulo Law School.

December 4, 2017

Judge Messitte speaks at the Fernando Henrique Cardoso Foundation on “Plea Bargaining”

On December 4, 2017, Judge Messitte spoke to a large audience (including a streaming audience) at the Fernando Henrique Cardoso Foundation in São Paulo.  Former President Cardoso was in attendance. [See photograph.]  The topic was “Plea Bargaining.”  Other speakers on the Program included Minister Alexandre de Moraes of the Supreme Federal Tribunal and Professor Gustavo Badaró of the University of São Paulo Law School.

December 1, 2017

Affirmative Defenses to Return of the Child Under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction

On December 1, 2017, in São Paulo, Judge Messitte addressed an International Conference on the Hague Convention on Child Abduction on the topic of “Affirmative Defenses to Return of the Child Under the Hague Convention.”  The Conference was sponsored by Brazil’s Central Authority Under the Convention and the MacKenzie Law School of São Paulo.

October 3, 2017

Judge Messitte was a guest on the São Paulo television program “Cart?o de Visita,” of Record TV where he spoke of his long-time association with Brazil,  especially its Judiciary.

October 3, 2017

Judge Messitte addressed the Tribunal of Justice of the State of São Paulo, offering “Remarks on Brazilian and American Law.”  On the occasion, he was awarded the Medal of Judicial Merit of the Tribunal, one of its highest awards, the first American so honored.

October 3, 2017

Judge Messitte also spoke to a post-graduate class at the University of São Paulo Law School on “Case Management in the United States.”

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.

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.

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

US District Judge Peter Messitte and President-Minister of Brazil's Supreme Federal Tribunal Carmen Lucia
 

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

Mr. Tiago Santos Salles, Judge Peter J. Messitte, Mr. Antonio Augusto de Souza Coelho, Dean Camille A. Nelson, and Mrs. Maria Conceição Gonçalves Coelho
Mr. Tiago Santos Salles, Judge Peter J. Messitte, Mr. Antonio Augusto de Souza Coelho, Dean Camille A. Nelson, and Mrs. Maria Conceição Gonçalves Coelho

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.