Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Tag: Brazil

  • Democracy’s Fixer: Disinformation and the Supreme Federal Court in Brazilian Politics

    —Lucas Henrique Muniz da Conceição, Doctoral Researcher, Bocconi University, Milan. After a tumultuous October, the Brazilian General Elections have come to an end, with President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva registering approximately 60.34 million votes, representing a tight majority in the electorate (50.9%).

  • Jurists Against Bolsonaro’s Attacks on Courts

    — Emilio Peluso Neder Meyer (Federal University of Minas Gerais and Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, Brazil) — Estefânia Maria de Queiroz Barboza (Federal University of Paraná, Brazil) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, even before being elected in 2018, opened a fierce attack on the electoral system.

  • Informal Co-Optation Semi-Presidentialism: Bolsonaro´s Most Successful Autocratizing Strategy

    —Juliano Zaiden Benvindo, Associate Professor at the University of Brasília and CAPES-Humboldt Senior Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law A significant transformation is taking place in Brazil’s system of government. The country has a long history of discussion of whether its political system should maintain its presidential form or whether parliamentarianism – and, most recently, semi-presidentialism – would function as a more reasonable and effective system for governance.

  • You want it darker? The Brazilian Supreme Court Kills the Flame: The Temporary Suspension of Telegram Services in Brazil

    —Lucas Henrique Muniz da Conceição, Ph.D. Student at Bocconi University On March 18, Justice Alexandre de Moraes decided to suspend Telegram until the platform complied with the previous five decisions issued by the Supreme Court. The decision follows the partial results of the current judicial criminal inquiry no.

  • Academic Freedom Must be Protected in Brazil

    —Emilio Peluso Neder Meyer and Thomas da Rosa de Bustamante, Federal University of Minas Gerais and Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development Brazil is quickly becoming a hallmark of constitutional and democratic erosion. While President Bolsonaro engages in a radical attack on the electoral procedures and electronic ballots (which lacks any kind of evidence and prompted an investigation in the Superior Electoral Court), restrictions on academic freedom are on the rise.

  • Black theories matter in achieving a real democracy in Brazil: reflections celebrating the National Black Consciousness Day

    — Manuellita Hermes, PhD. Candidate at Università degli Studi di Roma II, Tor Vergata; Rômulo Bittencourt, Master Student of the Graduate-Level Program in Literature and Culture of the Universidade Federal da Bahia. Next November 20th is the National Black Consciousness Day (Dia da Consciência Negra) in Brazil.

  • The “Rationality of Fear” on the Edge of Brazilian Democracy: Another Shield Against Authoritarianism?

    —Juliano Zaiden Benvindo, University of Brasília and National Council for Scientific and Technological Development[1] In a period of about two months, a series of protests in South America brought the region again into the spotlight. Except for the Bolivian case,[2] whose causes were mostly related to the presidential election process, the protests in Chile, Ecuador, and Colombia followed a pattern of dissatisfaction with austerity policies amid high levels of social inequality.

  • We Should Learn from Historians: Seeing the Future in Brazil’s Political Landscape

    —Juliano Zaiden Benvindo, University of Brasília and National Council for Scientific and Technological Development The election of Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil’s next President has sparked a fruitful debate over the expansion of an illiberal mindset across the globe, now reaching the biggest economy in Latin America and world’s fourth largest democracy.

  • Brazil Reckoning With its Past in Present Days: Will Judges Check Bolsonaro’s Government?

    —Emilio Peluso Neder Meyer, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and Felipe Guimarães Assis Tirado, LL.M. Candidate, King’s College London Three days after the election of the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro to the Brazilian presidency, federal prosecutors filed a criminal complaint charging a former police officer and, for the first time, a former military prosecutor and a former military judge for crimes against humanity committed during the civil-military dictatorship.

  • Presidentialism and the Crisis of Governance in Brazil

    [Editor’s Note: This is the fourth entry in our symposium on the “30th Anniversary of the Brazilian Constitution.” The introduction to the symposium is available here.] —Luiz Guilherme Arcaro Conci, Pontifical University of Sao Paulo Brazil was the only American country that, once independent (1822), established a national monarchy that reigned for almost eighty years[1].

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