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Brazil-US Judicial Dialogue is the subject of a "Justice Channel" show

Wednesdar, August 24, 2011

The ‘Justice Channel’ (TV Justiça) has produced a TV documentary on the Brazil-United States Judicial Dialogue - 2011, that took place May this year in the Law Library of Congress in Washington DC, which was attended by officials from both countries in strengthening the relations between the Judiciary of Brazil and of the United States.

The floor of the Library of Congress has become a stage for a discussion of current, controversial and practical issues pertaining to the routine of the Judiciary in both nations.

Brazilian Justices of the Federal Supreme Court participated in panel discussions with judges of the United States and exchanged information about the Constitution, fundamental rights, transparency, duration of proceedings, conciliation and alternative dispute resolution. The positive example of the Brazilian Electoral Justice was also under discussion in the seminar as well as policies to combat corruption in both countries.

This was a joint initiative of the Federal Supreme Court of Brazil and of the Supreme Court of the United States, and entities such as the Brazil Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center and the Law Library of Congress.

The Chief Justice of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), Cezar Peluso, and three other ministers of the Court: Gilmar Mendes, Ricardo Lewandowski and Ellen Gracie, currently retired, attended the meeting. The meeting was also attended by various media personalities and legal scholars from Brazil and the United States.

Minister Cezar Peluso and Judge Diane Wood were the keynote speakers at the panel "Constitution, Fundamental Rights and Democracy: the role of Supreme Courts in the two largest democracies in the Western World." Minister Ellen Gracie and Professor Mortimer Sellers were the commentators of this panel.

Minister Gilmar Mendes spoke on "Control of constitutionality and judicial review process: legitimacy, transparency and legal certainty for the Supreme Court decisions". In that panel, Minister Ellen Gracie was also the commentator.

Ministers Cezar Peluso and Ricardo Lewandowski also participated as commentator and mediator, respectively, in the "Due process, resources and constitutional guarantees" panel.

The purpose of the seminar was to promote the exchange of information, experiences and practices between the two judicial systems and to generate answers and solutions to improve and modernize the course of justice in both nations.

Watch the documentary:

Brazil - United States Judicial Dialogue – Part 1

Brazil - United States Judicial Dialogue – Part 2




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