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Justice Ricardo Lewandowski is honored by the University of Lisbon

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Deputy Chief Justice of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), Justice Ricardo Lewandowski, was honored by University of Lisbon’s Law School after giving the opening lecture on the “Environment, Energy and Social Development” meeting. Justice Levandowski received a medal given by the School’s Director, Professor Eduardo Vera-Cruz Pinto, with the Latin inscription: Honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere (To live honestly, to harm no one, to give to each his own).

The invitation was made by the event’s organization which was done in the Portuguese capital, on the last 17th of January.

In his lecture, Justice Levandowski referred to the concept of sustainable development which was utilized for the first time in 1987 on the World Commission on Environment and Development report of the so-called Brundtland Commission. He remembered that, for the Commission, the sustainable use of natural resources should “meet the needs of the present generation without affecting the possibility of the future generations of meeting their own”.

He also recalled that the concept began to be delineated on the UN’s meeting on Human Environment, held on Stockholm in 1972, and afterwards deepened in ECO-92 – Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 on Rio de Janeiro. The subject was take up again in 2012, on the Rio+20 International Conference, held in Brazil, which gathered representatives of 190 governments.

Justice Levandowski pointed out that the event’s final text defined poverty’s eradication as the greatest global challenge of the planet recommending that the international organizations and the developed countries facilitate the transfer of technology to nations in development.

Lastly, he stressed that, in Brazil, the participation of the renewable sources of energy is of 47%, basically derived from hydroelectric powers and biofuels, whereas in the world this is 13% and, in developed countries, of only 6%.

He also highlighted that the reduction of deforestation in the Country, due to the increase of the distinct cultures’ productivity and of the dimensions’ reduction of water reservations in the new hydroelectric plants, mainly from the Northern Region. He added that this is also due to the public authorities’ increase of inspection and the improvement of environmental law.

The meeting was attended by authorities, scholars and Brazilian and Portuguese experts, being presided by the Portuguese Legal Counselor Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. Subjects such as energy regulation in Europe, economic growth and sustainable environment and even legal intervention in defense of the environment were highlighted on the debates which endured throughout the seminary’s five days (17, 21, 22, 23 and 24 January).

Justice Ricardo Levandowski is Head Professor of the University of São Paulo’s (USP) Law School, having also been USP’s coordinator of the master course on Human Rights.


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