Conectas, Folha and the Getúlio Vargas Foundation hold debate on 30 years of the Constitution

STF (Federal Supreme Court) Ministers Gilmar Mendes and Cármen Lúcia will be at the seminar along with important figures from civil society, universities and the OAS.

São Paulo –  Conectas, The Getúlio Vargas Law School of São Paulo and the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper are holding the seminar “30 years of the Constitution: Progress and Setbacks”, on Monday 27 August. The debate will bring together public authorities, among them the Supreme Court President, Cármen Lúcia and Minister Gilmar Mendes, as well as Brazilian Judge Flávia Piovesan, a member of the IACHR (Inter-American Commission on Human Rights) and former National Secretary for Citizenship.

There will be panels to discuss the role of the judiciary as guardian of the Constitution and the social and environmental impacts of so-called ‘austerity measures’ like the spending ceiling law, to freeze public investment for the next twenty years.

In addition, there will be round tables on the Brazilian prison system and how the international human rights pacts and treaties adopted by Brazil are being applied in the country.

“We believe this landmark of three decades of the Federal Constitution is a crucial moment to bring together these important people in our society and to engage in a far-reaching, balanced dialogue on how we have progressed and regressed in guaranteeing the fundamental pillars, human rights, for all people.” Said Rafael Custódio, Coordinator on the Institutional Violence at Conectas.

Some important figures from civil society and universities have confirmed their attendance, including Oscar Vilhena, Director of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation Law School, Ivo Herzog, from the Instituto Vladimir Herzog Advisory Board, Katia Maia, Executive Director at Oxfam Brasil, Conrado Hübner Mendes, Professor at the Law Faculty at USP and Columnist for the magazine Época and Judge Alberto Toron.

It is free to sign up for the event, however seats are limited. The seminar will start at 9am, in the auditorium at Folha (Alameda Barão de Limeira, 425, Campos Elíseos), in São Paulo.

  •  Register free of charge here.
  • See the full programme here.

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