Nov 15, 2013
1:00pm - 2:00pm    |    WILF Hall, 139 MacDougal street, 5th floor

What: Lunch lecture on “Transitional Justice in Brazil, Following 25 years of Constitutional Rule of Law”

When: Friday, November 15th, 1-2 PM

Where: WILF Hall, 5th floor conference room

Valid ID and RSVP are required for this event. Please RSVP to by November 13th.

About the presentation: CHRGJ is pleased to welcome transitional justice expert Marcelo D. Torelly, who is currently a visiting researcher at the Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School. Mr. Torelly will speak about the current challenges facing Brazil, which is celebrating its 25th year with a democratic constitution this year, yet continues to be haunted by the legacies of atrocities committed by past regimes.

Currently, Brazil has three national official commissions dealing with the past: the Special Commission for Deaths and Disappearances (established 1995), the Amnesty Commission (established 2001), and the National Truth Commission (established 2012). More than 36,000 thousands victims have been recognized by the State, and claims against impunity are arising in civil society. This presentation aims to explore how does the transitional process evolved from the 1979 Amnesty Law to the current moment, describing how domestic constitutional law, Inter-American human rights law, and political mobilization have contributed to a shift from an emphasis on  “reparations and memory” to one of “truth and justice”.

Marcelo D. Torelly holds a J.D. from Catholic University-Porto Alegre (PUCRS) and a M.Sc. from Brasilia University Law School (UnB) where he’s currently a PhD candidate. From 2007 to 2013 he has served as advisor for the Brazilian Ministry of Justice on Transitional Justice issues, as head of the Historical Memory Department from Amnesty Commission (a Brazilian State agency in charge of reparations and memory programs for dictatorship victims), as manager of the Transitional Justice Exchange and Development Program jointly sponsored by the Brazil’s Federal Government and the United Nations Program for Development (UNDP), and has taught theory and philosophy of law at Brasilia Catholic University (UCB).


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