Past Event

The meaning of Democracy and the State of Law in Brazil

December 9, 2021
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027

The meaning of Democracy and the State of Law in Brazil

In this event, Brazil's Supreme Court Chief Justice Luiz Fux will speak on the role of the Judicial Power in the preservation of Human Rights and Democracy. Some other discussion topics include initiatives to internationalize the Judicial Power through the National Council of Justice, as well as the importance of judicial independence as a pillar to the state of law.

  • Guest Speaker: Luiz Fux - Brazil's Supreme Court Chief Justice
  • Moderator: Kendall Thomas - Nash Professor of Law

This event will be hybrid.

Co-sponsored by Brazil Talk

About the speakers:

Luiz Fux took office as Minister of the Supreme Court of Brazil in 2011. He is the current President of the Supreme Court, as well as of the National Council of Justice, since 2020. He is also a Professor at the School of Law of the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), a position to which he was admitted through an exam in which he obtained the highest distinction. In his public life, he held the functions of Prosecutor and Judge of Law and, in this career, rose to the position of Chief Judge of the Court of Justice of the State of Rio de Janeiro, and posteriorly to that of Minister of the Superior Court of Justice. He was president of the Commission that created the new Civil Code of Procedure currently in use in Brazil and is the author of more than 20 works dealing with related topics. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Legal Letters and the Brazilian Academy of Philosophy

Kendall Thomas is a scholar of comparative constitutional law and human rights whose teaching and research focus on critical race theory, legal philosophy, feminist legal theory, and law and sexuality. Thomas is the co-founder and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Culture at Columbia Law School, where he leads interdisciplinary projects and programs that explore how the law operates as one of the central ways to create meaning in society. He is a founder of Amend the 13th, a movement to amend the U.S. Constitution to end enforced prison labor. Thomas has taught at Columbia Law since 1986. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford Law School and a visiting professor in American studies and Afro-American studies at Princeton University. His writing has appeared in volumes of collected essays and in journals including National Black Law Journal, Widener Law Symposium Journal, and Columbia Journal of European Law.

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