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Teori Zavascki was Justice of the Federal Supreme Court for four years

Friday, January 20, 2017.

The Justice Teori Zavascki, who died yesterday (19) in a plane crash, was member of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF) for four years. Nominated by former President Dilma Roussef, he took office in November 29th, 2012 in vacancy originated by the compulsory retirement of Justice Cezar Peluso, who completed 70 years in early September of that year. At the request of the family, the funeral will take place in Porto Alegre (RS).

Teori Zavascki was 68 years old. He was born on August 15th, 1948, in Faxinal dos Guedes (SC). Widowed since 2013, he leaves three children. Among the relevant cases overseen by the Justice Zavascki are those related to Operation Car Wash, which had great national repercussion. He also reported the habeas corpus in which the Plenary, by majority, recognized the possibility of executing sentence after confirmation of conviction in the second instance, decision reaffirmed by the Virtual Plenary in the judgment of the Extraordinary Appeal with Agravo (ARE) 964246, with general repercusision recognized.

He joined the Judiciary in 1989, when he was appointed to the Federal Regional Court of the 4th Region (with jurisdiction in the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Paraná), where he held the presidency in the 2001-2003 biennium. He was member of the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) for nine years (2003-2012). In the Federal Supreme Court, he presided the Second Panel between 2014 and 2015.

Academic life

Teori Zavascki held a bachelor's degree in Juridical and Social Sciences from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). In the same university, he obtained the titles of master and doctor in Civil Procedural Law. In 1980, he joined the academic career as a professor (approved in public tender) of the discipline of Introduction to Law Study, at the University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos(Unisinos). He was Professor of Civil Procedural Law at UFRGS from June 1987 to June 2005, when he took a chair at the Law School of the University of Brasília.

The minister began as attorney-at-law in 1971, with an office established on Porto Alegre (RS). From December 1976 to March 1989, he was lawyer of the Central Bank of Brazil, where he held the position of Legal Services coordinator for Rio Grande do Sul from October 1979 to April 1986. He was Legal Superintendent of the Meridional Bank from April 1986 to March 1989.


He is author of the books “Processo de execução-Parte geral”, “Comentário ao Código de Processo Civil”, “Antecipação de tutela”, “Processo coletivo – Tutela de direitos coletivos e tutela coletiva de direitos” and “Eficácia das sentenças na jurisdição constitucional“. The Justice also co-authored 27 other books, in addition to publishing dozens of articles in Law journals.



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