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The Challenges of Brazil’s Electoral System with Justices Gilmar Mendes and Teori Zavascki

On Monday November 7th, the Brazil Institute and Washington College of Law will welcome Brazilian Supreme Court Justices Gilmar Mendes and Teori Zavascki in the third session of the Rule of Law series.

Date & Time

Nov. 7, 2016
10:00am – 12:00pm ET


6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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Rule of Law Lectures Series

Brazil has developed in three decades of democratic rule one of the world’s most transparent and efficient voting systems, notably including the development of an electronic voting device able to reach every corner of its territory and to address its cultural features.

In order to strengthen democracy, Brazil has constantly worked to improve its voting system through the deployment of a series of new technologies and procedures, such as biometric registration and signing of agreements with Brazilian supervisory bodies to optimize the analysis of the accountability of political candidates’ campaigns. Outcomes produced by campaigns are, however, a topic of intense debate, as underlined by the ongoing national crisis and the low popular approval of elected office holders.

The Superior Electoral Court (TSE), a specialized branch of the Judiciary that organizes and supervises elections at all level, is central to the debate on electoral reform and the political system. 

On Monday November 7th, President of the TSE Gilmar Mendes and Deputy Minister Teori Zavascki will address this issue in the third session of the Brazil Institute lectures series on the Rule of Law in Brazil, launched earlier this year. Justices Mendes and Zavascki, both influential members of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, will be in Washington at the invitation of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems as observers of the U.S. elections. The Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Studies Program at the American University Washington College of Law is a co-sponsor of their presentations at the Wilson Center.

Welcome Remarks: Ambassador Anthony S. HarringtonChairman, Brazil Institute Advisory Council Speakers: The Honorable Gilmar MendesJustice, Brazil's Supreme Federal Tribunal The Honorable Teori ZavasckiJustice, Brazil's Supreme Federal Tribunal Discussant: The Honorable Peter J. MessitteSenior U.S. District Judge for the District of Maryland  Moderator:
 Paulo SoteroDirector, Brazil Institute, Wilson Center


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The Brazil Institute—the only country-specific policy institution focused on Brazil in Washington—works to foster understanding of Brazil’s complex reality and to support more consequential relations between Brazilian and U.S. institutions in all sectors. The Brazil Institute plays this role by producing independent research and programs that bridge the gap between scholarship and policy, and by serving as a crossroads for leading policymakers, scholars and private sector representatives who are committed to addressing Brazil’s challenges and opportunities.  Read more

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