Independence and transparency in the Judiciary

A seminar organized by seven organizations in São Paulo will expose the lack of transparency in the Brazilian Judiciary and its impact on the appointment of judges by State Courts – currently guided by opaque and not particularly objective criteria. According to the organizations, the presence of jurists, students, social movements and civil society organizations in the debates demonstrates the urgency of opening the system to social participation and public monitoring.

The event is free and will take place on Tuesday, June 9, from 9:30 am to 6 pm in the auditorium of the annex building to the University of São Paulo Law School. Registration is not necessary and participation certificates will be issued.

Click here to confirm your presence on the event page on Facebook.

The seminar is being organized by AJD (Judges for Democracy Association), Article 19, Colab-USP, Conectas, IBCCrim (Brazilian Criminal Sciences Institute), IDDD (Defense of the Right to a Defense Institute), August XI Academic Center and the Public Policy Management course at USP.


9:30 am – Opening

Presentation by the Judges for Democracy Association (AJD) on how the lack of transparency and regulation in the appointment of auxiliary judges by courts has permitted the ideological control of judges.


10 am to 11:30 am – Independence and ideological control in the Judiciary

Debaters: André Augusto (president of AJD), Luis Francisco Carvalho Filho (IDDD), Maurício Zanóide (professor of Criminal Procedure Law/USP), Flávio Siqueira (Conectas)

Moderation: Bruno Paes Manso (Ponte Jornalismo)


11:30 am to 12 pm: Debate


12 pm to 1:45 pm: Lunch


2 pm to 5:30 pm – Transparency and access to information in the Judiciary


Panel 1 – Context of transparency and access to information in the Judiciary

2 pm to 3:40 pm

Debaters: Flávio Caetano Crocce (secretary of the Ministry of Justice), Jorge Machado (COLAB/USP) and Paula Martins (ARTICLE 19).

Moderation: André Khedi (IBCCRIM)


Coffee break


Panel 2 – Journalists and access to information in the Judiciary. What are the challenges?

4 pm to 5:30 pm

Debaters: Bruno Manso (Ponte Jornalismo), Frederico Vasconcelos (Folha de SP)

Moderation: Augusto de Arruda Botelho (IDDD)


Close – Discussion on advocacy in the Supreme Court for it to rule in favor of regulation for appointments.

Find out more

Receive Conectas updates by email