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June 2023

The I Forum on Current Challenges Facing the Judiciary and Public Prosecutors: the case of Brazil ended successfully


The I Forum on Current Challenges Facing the Judiciary and Public Prosecutors: the case of Brazil ended successfully

The Secretariat for Legal Affairs of the Organization of American States (OAS) is pleased to announce that the “I Forum on Current Challenges Facing the Judiciary and Public Prosecutors: the case of Brazil,” an academic endeavor organized within the framework of the cooperation agreements signed with judiciary and public prosecutors’ institutions of Brazil, was held successfully from the 23rd to the 26th of May at the OAS headquarters.

During the opening ceremony, cooperation agreements were signed with two Brazilian institutions, the National School for the Training and Improvement of Judges (ENAMAT) and the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), to conduct out capacity-building activities for judges and prosecutors.

The forum commenced with opening remarks by the Secretary for Legal Affairs of the OAS, Jean Michel Arrighi, followed by presentations by the Director of the Department of International Law, Dante Negro, and by the Director of the Department of Legal Cooperation, Jorge García, apropos recent developments in the Inter-American legal system within the framework of the OAS.

The forum was attended by distinguished Brazilian panelists, including the Vice President of the Federal Supreme Court, Minister Luís Roberto Barroso, the Attorney General of the Republic, Dr. Augusto Aras, the President of the Superior Military Court, Minister Francisco Joseli Parente Camelo, Justice Sebastião Reis Jr. of the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), Justice Delaíde Arantes of the Superior Labor Court (TST), and of the Superior Military Court (STM), Justices Artur Vidigal and Leonardo Puntel, the President of the National Association of Prosecutors (CONAMP), Dr. Manoel Murrieta, the Director of the Superior School of the Union Prosecutors, Dr. Alcides Martins, the Attorney General of Minas Gerais, Dr. Jarbas Soares Jr., and the Attorney General of Military Justice, Dr. Antonio Pereira Duarte, amongst other important Brazilian authorities.

The forum also had the participation of a distinguished delegation from the Association of Federal Judges (AJUFE) of the Argentine Republic, headed by its president Marcelo Duffy, which delivered presentations aimed at highlighting the independence of justices, and the importance that judges adjust their rulings to the guidelines contained in the Constitution and the laws, in strict adherence to the republican principle of division of powers.

The importance of interpreting the norms in a way that expands rights was also highlighted, especially in cases involving gender and environmental issues, and in conflicts embedded in contexts of high vulnerability.

Likewise, the panelists analyzed the challenges posed by the requirement to review compliance with human rights treaties (control de convencionalidad) within the Americas, as well as the need for a technological adaptation to face cybercrime and conduct investigations. Finally, the panelists discussed the importance of a rational and systemic approach to investigations and to criminal proceedings against organized crime, bearing in mind reparation and the possibility to put recovered assets to social use.

The “II Forum on Current Challenges Facing the Judiciary and Public Prosecutors in the Americas” will take place in the city of Belém, in Brazil, at the end of November 2023. The program and details for registration will be announced in due course.

» To see the program, click here

» To visit the photo albums of the event, click here

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