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International Seminar Discusses the Judiciary, the Press and Public Safety

by Richard Meckien - published Nov 09, 2015 01:25 PM - - last modified Jun 04, 2019 11:49 AM
Rights: Original version in Portuguese by Sylvia Miguel. Translation by Carlos Malferrari.

Researchers from Brazil, Argentina, Chile and the United States will meet on December 3 and 4 for a comparative analysis of their countries’ democratic principles, institutions and political participation. Organized by USP’s Public Policies Research Center (NUPPs) and IEA’s Quality of Democracy Research Group, the international seminar Quality of Democracy: Institutions, Agents and Public Policy will be held from 9 am to 6 pm, at the IEA’s Events Room.

Experts will analyze the penetration and effectiveness of democratic concepts in institutions such as the press, the Judiciary, laws, public policy and social movements. “We intend to discuss in comparative perspective the responsiveness and accountability of democratic institutions, especially in relation to the workings of the Judiciary and of public security,” according to José Álvaro Moisés, organizer of the event.

In the opening panel, Moisés will examine the 25 years of democratic opening in Brazil, making a critical assessment of public policies, institutions, civil society and political culture.

The seminar will offer an interdisciplinary overview through the contributions of researchers from the political sciences, social sciences and law. The speakers include Robert Moog, from the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University, who will discuss the democratization of the judicial system in India; Carlos Huneeus Madge, lawyer and professor at the Estudios Internacionales Institute at the University of Chile, who will discuss Chilean democracy from the perspective of the press and of the Judiciary; and professor Sérgio Adorno, from USP’s School of Philosophy, Literature and Human Sciences (FFLCH), who will talk about democratic construction in Brazil in recent years and the implications on corruption, organized crime, violence and the Rule of Law.