Recognition, Redistribution and Popular Participation: Towards an Integrative Judicial Policy

UERJ seminar discusses access to justice in Brazil

November 16th, 2015

Three-day event organized by the Justice Forum puts in debate the access of people in situations of vulnerability to the judiciary. Authorities and representatives of social movements will be present.

10 years after the Justice Reform, what changed in Brazil? How were the access channels to the judiciary institutions expanded to the population? And what is missing to ensure that people in vulnerable situations also access justice? To answer these and other questions, the Seminar “Justice Reform in Brazil: A Decade of Challenges and Achievements from a Latin American Perspective” will be held tomorrow (17 / 11) until Thursday (19 / 11), on Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ). Organized by the Justice Forum in partnership with the Research Group Human Rights Judiciary Power and Society (DHPJS) of the Faculty of Law of UERJ, the event aims to discuss advances and shortcomings of the judiciary from the perspective of state agents, social movements and academic sectors.

The event will also mark the publication of the '100 Brasilia Rules', a document that brings together a series of recommendations for public agencies to improve access to justice. In addition, the '100 Guidelines for Integrating Justice Model: Justice Forum Accumulation' will be launched, a strategic document to guide the dialogue between the agents of the judiciary and the representations of social movements.

The opening table tomorrow, at 09h, will be attended by Rio de Janeiro Public Defender André Castro, opening the day that will have academic discussion of the reform of the judiciary. Deputy Attorney General Luiza Cristina Frischeisen is one of the guests. Among the guests, political scientist Maria Tereza Sadek, from the University of São Paulo (USP). In the afternoon, researchers will present their work, previously evaluated by the organization.

On Wednesday (18 / 11) is the turn to discuss access to justice from the perspective of social movements. Joênia Wapichana, from the Roraima Indigenous Council (CIR), is one of the panelists and will give her statement at a particularly serious time for indigenous issues, as the National Congress debates the Proposed Amendment to the Constitution (PEC) 215, which it can put in its hands. parliamentarians the power to decide on the approval of indigenous territories.

Federal Congressman and former president of the Brazilian Bar Association (RJ) Wadih Damous is one of the panelists on the last day of the Seminar, who will discuss the Reform of the Judiciary through the State's perspective. Marcelo Veiga, representative of the Ministry of Justice, and Haman Tabosa, General Public Defender of the Union, will be present.


Seminar “Justice Reform in Brazil: A Decade of Challenges and Achievements from a Latin American Perspective

Location: Rio de Janeiro State University Law School - UERJ, 7 floor

Date: 17 / 11 to 19 / 11, from 09h to 19h.

Leandro Resende - 21 9 99582817 -

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The Justice Forum (FJ) is an organization that aims to facilitate the construction of spaces for discussion and debate on the judicial issue in Brazil, observing the Latin American context. Created for the exchange between social movements, academic sectors, students, as well as public agents of the justice system and other actors who are interested in discussing justice as a public service, the Forum is dedicated to elaborating strategic actions to democratize the justice system.