Rule of Law

Four Questions and Observations about El Salvador’s Deteriorating Security Situation

El Salvador has become the most violent place on earth. The country’s security situation has dramatically deteriorated in recent months, with homicide rates skyrocketing over the summer to levels unseen since the country’s civil war. The wave of violence peaked in August, with over 900 homicides in one month. The homicide rate for 2015 will almost certainly exceed 100 per 100,000 individuals, compared to 68.6 in 2014 and 43.7 in 2013, according to El Salvador’s Institute of Legal Medicine (IML) and National Civil Police (PNC).

The Kremlin Cannot Afford to Stop Propping Up Its Constructed Reality

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“Women, Business, and the Law: Getting to Equal”

Photos of the event.

The World Bank Group report series Women, Business, and the Law measures legal and regulatory barriers to female employment and entrepreneurship in seven key areas of economic opportunity. For the fourth edition of this report, data from 173 economies was collected to show how local laws, regulations, and institutions have contributed to gender-based inequalities and employment imbalances.

International Implications of Cooperation in the Petrobras Corruption Scandal Investigations

The international ramifications of the multibillion dollar corruption scandal involving state oil giant Petrobras and companies and business executives from Brazil and elsewhere have slowly emerged since the beginning of the investigations led by Brazilian authorities in March 2014.  Earlier this year Petrobras informed shareholders that the company is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for potential violations of securities laws, and by the U.S. Department of Justice, under the Foreign Corruption Practices Act (FCPA). Early last month, U.S.

Brazil's Political Outlook: The Emerging Tensions of Dilma's Second Term

Brazil Institute Fellow Matthew Taylor analyzes the burdens that President Dilma Rousseff must overcome in her second term as head of state. In this comprehensive piece, Taylor draws from the recent discussions held at the Wilson Center on February 10th and 11th. He examines Rousseff's situation from the beginning of her arduous reelection campaign to the recent Petrobras scandal and political dissention. 

The document can be downloaded below.

Report on the Brazil-United States Judicial Dialogue

Created in June 2006 as part of the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program, the Brazil Institute strives to foster informed dialogue on key issues important to Brazilians and to the Brazilian-U.S. relationship. We work to promote detailed analysis of Brazil’s public policy and advance Washington’s understanding of contemporary Brazilian developments, mindful of the long history that binds the two most populous democracies in the Americas.