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Supreme Courts of the BRICS propose international cooperation to face challenges

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

The Presidents of the Supreme Courts of the member countries of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) signed on this Saturday (28) in Sanya, China, a document in which a stated consensual positions on issues related to the functioning of the Justice, with emphasis on judicial cooperation between countries and the exchange of experiences in judicial reforms and improvements to the judicial system, taking into account the need to face the challenges of today's world. The document was signed by the Presidents of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski; the People’s Supreme Court of the People's Republic of China, Zhou Qiang; the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, Vyacheslav Lebedev; and by the Justices of the Supreme Court of India, Jagdish Singh Khedar, and the Republic of South Africa, Frederik Daniel Jacobus Brandt.

The letter was drafted from the discussions of the Forum of Justice of the BRICs for the exchange of information on topics such as the recent advances of the judicial systems of the member countries and the environmental protection through the judicial process. "With the increasing of multi-polarization, of economic globalization and interdependence, humanity is going through profound and complex changes", says the document. "Taking into consideration the global challenges of economic growth, energy security, environmental protection and the threats of terrorism, the Supreme Courts of the BRICS have built a consensus for a more representative and equitable global governance and more inclusive growth".

One of the matters highlighted in the document, regarding the participation of Brazil, represented by Mr Lewandowski, deals with the changes introduced by the development and use of technologic information in judicial process and practices. "The courts must value and follow this trend and adapt in order to improve the provision of Justice, ensure judicial impartiality and the quick solution of disputes," says the text. Another subject of consensus is the deepening of cooperation between the Courts through exchange programs and training for judges.

As a result of the meeting, the Supreme Courts committed themselves to promote judicial reforms and international exchange as means to improve their judicial systems, seeking to reconcile the economic and social development with the specific needs of each country. They have also emphasized the use of legal channels to protect the environment and the natural resources, and proposed a pragmatic cooperation in the judicial field to improve the rule of law and to promote harmony between economic growth, social development and environmental protection.


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