Since 2004, Conectas has been filing amicus curiae briefs in legal cases in the court system, particularly cases involving fundamental rights being heard by the Supreme Federal Court (STF). The purpose is to influence court decisions on human rights issues.
The project encourages other interested organizations to prepare amici curiae briefs, thereby enhancing the legitimacy of civil society participation in the STF.
Oscar Vilhena / 2011
By the end of 2012, Conectas had submitted 43 amici curiae briefs to the Supreme Federal Court, 2 to the São Paulo Court of Appeals and 2 to the Constitutional Court of Colombia, on a range of issues, such as disarmament, same-sex unions and slave labor.
Conectas has participated in public hearings held by the Supreme Federal Court on affirmative action measures, pregnancy termination in cases of anencephaly, the environment and recycled tire imports, and the right to health.