Rule of Law

The Brazilian Judicial System

Brazil's judiciary is a multifaceted system that operates on the state and federal levels, much like the U.S. judicial system. Primarily based on the civil law tradition, it divides cases into several different jurisdictions, including labor, electoral, military, constitutional and non-constitutional. It also includes three instances of appeal, with cases able to advance from first-level courts all the way to either the Supreme Federal Court or the Superior Court of Justice.

Infographic | Freedom of Expression & Violence against Journalists in Mexico



Corruption accusations against Temer add to political turmoil and uncertainty in Brazil

An unpopular president declares war on the attorney general, vows he will not be “destroyed”


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.