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STF signs agreements with Ajufe and UnB on international exchanges


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Chief Justice of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), Mr. Ricardo Lewandowski, signed, this Tuesday (16), two agreements to promote experiences on international  exchanges between the Judiciary Branch of Brazil and those of the countries of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur).

The Chief Justice highlighted the importance of the technical-scientific co-operation agreement signed with the Association of the Federal Judges of Brazil (Ajufe), which aims to promote the international exchange of Judges. “Today, the Brazilian Judiciary Branch, by its importance, by its technological advances and good practices, is known in several countries,” he affirmed. “Therefore, there is an increasing demand of this sort of exchange.”

The Chief Justice highlighted that the Court recognizes the benefits of the “judicial diplomacy” and wishes to continue the program. “The Federal Supreme Court has the pleasure and privilege to be part of this effort and to offer our facilities and staff to collaborate with this effort, which has all sorts of merits,” he stated.

To the President of Ajufe, Antônio Cesar Bochenek, the agreement allows for the presentation of the Brazilian Judiciary Branch to foreign Judges and opens the way for Brazilians to get acquainted with judicial systems, law suits and Courts from other countries. “The international exchange gives more visibility to the Brazilian Judiciary’s actions, receive jurists and magistrates from other countries and sends Justices from Brazil to get acquainted with other judiciary systems, besides verifying the Brazilian influence among them.”

Subsequently, the Chief Justice signed the renewal of the agreement with the University of Brasília (UnB) for the Judicial-Cultural Academic Exchange of Law students of member-countries of the Mercosur, which includes an internship program at the STF. The President of the UnB, Ivan Camargo, affirmed that “it is a privilege to the University to bring students from the Mercosur to understand the operation of the Justice in Brazil.” The experience of spending two months getting to know the Supreme Court, according to him, “is a differential that makes the UnB have such a strategic importance in Brazil.”

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