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Impunity: Countering Illicit Power in War and Transition

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‘The Plea Agreement Is a Surrender Agreement’, Says Coordinator of the Odebrecht Plea Agreement

In a March 1, 2017 deposition before the Brazilian Superior Electoral Court, former CEO Marcelo Odebrecht reportedly testified that his company donated R$ 150 million ($48 million) under-the-table, or "Caixa 2,"  to the reelection campaign of President Dilma Rousseff. He alleged, according to reports, that Rousseff was aware of the donation amounts.

Odebrecht and the Rule of Law in Brazil

Carnival this year offered revelers a glittering but temporary escape from Brazil’s political and economic woes. The confetti had barely settled in the streets on Wednesday before new details emerged in the ongoing investigation of corruption at construction conglomerate Odebrecht. 

Building a Modern and Transparent Electoral System in Brazil by Justice Gilmar Mendes

Inspired by the hopeful evolution of the nation’s crisis, the Brazil Institute launched in July 2016 a lecture series to explore the various institutional aspects of this historic, ongoing transformation in Latin America’s largest country. The initiative, reflective of a broader Wilson Center focus on the global fight against corruption, brings to Washington audiences the judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, legal experts, and practitioners engaged in the evolution of justice and rule of law in Brazil.

A Panoramic View of the Supreme Court and its Functions by Justice Teori Zavascki

Inspired by the hopeful evolution of the nation’s crisis, the Brazil Institute launched in July 2016 a lecture series to explore the various institutional aspects of this historic, ongoing transformation in Latin America’s largest country. The initiative, reflective of a broader Wilson Center focus on the global fight against corruption, brings to Washington audiences the judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, legal experts, and practitioners engaged in the evolution of justice and rule of law in Brazil.

The Lengthy Brazilian Crisis Is Not Yet Over

Since the first quarter of 2014, Brazil has been living in “crisis mode.” September 2016 marked seven consecutive quarters of negative economic growth that resulted in a cumulative negative variation in the GDP of more than 7 percent, the greatest recession ever registered in the country. In the same period, investigations conducted by public attorneys and Brazil’s federal police uncovered the largest corruption scheme in Brazilian history. The scandal was rooted in the largest state-owned company in the country, Petrobras, but had widespread ramifications.

The Challenges of Honduran Police Reform: A Report from the National Police Reform and Purge Commission

After numerous high-profile cases of police abuse and corruption, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández turned to a group of civil society representatives and notables to form a police reform and purge commission.  Since its inception in 2016, the Commission has taken action against nearly 2,500 police beginning at the highest ranks first.  With their mandate renewed, the Commission will continue the purge process and refocus its efforts on the urgent need for reform.  On February 22, members of the Commission discussed their progress in reform efforts, and an independent policing exper

Brazil's Chief Justice Approves Final Testimonies in Odebrecht Plea Deal

The Chief Justice of Brazil’s Supreme Federal Tribunal (STF), Justice Cármen Lúcia Rocha, approved this morning (January 30) the plea bargain testimony of 77 executives from the construction conglomerate Odebrecht in connection with the Lava Jato corruption investigations. The testimony will remain sealed, but is expected to implicate dozens of politicians from all major Brazilian parties.

The State of Security in Mexico: Why are Homicides Increasing? How to Reduce the Violence.

Homicides appear to have increased significantly in parts of Mexico during 2016. By one calculation, organized crime related homicides increased roughly 49 percent between 2015 and 2016. October was the most violent month in nearly four years, and after two years of decline, 2016 roughly matched the homicide rate for 2013. Moreover, major cities like Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez that had experienced a decrease in homicides since 2012 saw a significant uptick.

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