Rule of Law

Event Summary: What (and Who) Will Emerge from the Crisis in Brazil?

Until mid-May, positive economic growth and declining inflation in the first quarter of 2017 suggested that Brazil was finally beginning to recover, slowly, from the longest and deepest economic contraction in its history. The May 17th release of taped late-night conversations between President Michel Temer and Joesley Batista, an owner of Brazil’s JBS (the world’s largest meat processing company), threw the political sphere back into chaos with significant implications for the government’s reform agenda.

Dying for a Story: How Impunity and Violence against Mexican Journalists are Weakening the Country

Mexico has faced significant threats and violence from organized crime over the last decade. The human toll and tragedy of this violence is directly impacting journalists as well, leading to self-censorship, under-reporting of organized crime, and the corruption and state complicity that comes with it. Journalists have been killed, injured, and threatened as they seek to investigate and report on what is happening, and dozens of media outlets have been forced to close in the last few years.

A World of Opportunities

The Mexico Institute is pleased to publish a new book by Wilson Center Global Fellow Luis RubioA World of Opportunities.

One-Month Anniversary of the Murder of Mexican Journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas

One month ago today, world-renowned Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas was ambushed by unidentified assailants while leaving his office in his hometown of Culiacán, Sinaloa. According to press reports, he was pulled from his car, shot a dozen times in the middle of the day on a crowded street, and left lifeless in the middle of the road. His signature Panama hat lay bloodied beside him.

Brazil’s Most Underreported Reform Battle

Matthew Taylor is a former Brazil Institute Fellow and Associate Professor at American University's School of International Service.

Labor Law Reform from the Perspective of the Brazilian Labor Court

Brazil's specialized labor courts receive close to three million new cases every year. This information alone suggests that there is something wrong with the legal system built over the past eight decades to protect the rights of workers in Latin America’s largest nation. The ongoing economic crisis, which has cost more than fourteen million jobs and exposed the vulnerabilities of Brazil’s social security system, has brought the country’s complex labor legislation into public debate.

The "Justice 2020" Initiative and the Rule of Law in Argentina

The “Justice 2020” Initiative and the Rule of Law in Argentina:  A Conversation with Minister of Justice and Human Rights Germán Garavano and Secretary of Security Eugenio Burzaco