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Lewandowski attends "opening of judges" congress in London

The Brazilian Federal Supreme Court's (STF) Chief Justice, Ricardo Lewandowski, attended last Monday (23rd) the opening of the 2nd International Congress of the Brazilian Judges’ Association (AMB) that took place in London, England. “Learning about the laws and legal system of an international ally is an essential tool to foment and cultivate relations between peoples”, he assured in his speech. “After all, it is through contracts and other legal instruments that commercial transactions may take effect, institutions may cooperate and a friendly and trustworthy environment may be built, for the benefit of all peoples involved”.

In the presence of the Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, and of the President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, Lord David Neuberger, the Minister highlighted the importance of England as a reference and inspiration for Judges and jurists “since it is the homeland of the Magna Carta, the first piece of legislation that sought to establish limits on the power of the state vis-à-vis its subjects”. Lewandowski pointed out that one of the ten copied of the historical document will be exhibited in the Supreme Court until August and affirmed that without it other important landmarks, such as the Habeas Corpus Act of 1579, the United States’ Constitution of 1787, the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789 and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, “would not have come to pass”.

The International Congress of the AMB, according to the association, is a partnership with the main British legal institutions, “aiming to allow the understanding of how institutions work and how the issues that most impact the Judiciary of any country are addressed”. The program, with 40 hours of activities, includes talks and seminars.

According to the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice, the congress offers a chance of debating key aspects of British and Brazilian law and of both judicial systems, “in an exchange of views and experiences that will certainly prove enlightening and motivating”.


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