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The challenges of justice in face of social change in Brazil

by Richard Meckien - published Apr 04, 2014 04:50 PM - - last modified May 08, 2014 05:28 PM

Andrea Pachá - 2The first meeting of the conference cycle Tardes Cariocas: A USP Ouve o Rio de Janeiro (“Carioca Afternoons: USP Listens to Rio de Janeiro”) will take place on April 28, at 3 pm, in IEA-USP’s Event Room. Coordinated by Renato Janine Ribeiro, a professor at USP’s Faculty of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences (FFLCH) and a member of the Institute’s board, the cycle will bring thinkers of Rio de Janeiro to discuss issues of social sciences and intensify the exchange of ideas between the two main Brazilian cities.

The theme of the debut event will be “Life Is not Fair”. Jurist Andréa Maciel Pachá will discuss the new challenges faced by the Brazilian justice in light of social changes in the last two decades. According to her, "such changes require a plural look by the magistrate and the ability to accept and condone many rights that emerge."

Pachá will focus on family conflicts she has brokered as a magistrate, addressing the expectation of "fair" in face of affection and helplessness within the limits of State action and the alternative forms of settlement of disputes.

The exhibition of the jurist will be related to the book of chronicles "Life is Not Fair", of which she is the author. It contains stories she has witnessed over 15 years as a judge of the Family Court. Released in 2012 by the publisher Agir, the work is being adapted into a television series and a play.

Graduated in Law from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Andréa Maciel Pachá is a judge of the 4th Court for Orphans and Family Succession of the Court of Justice of Rio de Janeiro. She has been an adviser to the National Council of Justice (CNJ), being responsible for creating the National Register of Adoption, the Commission of Conciliation and Access to Justice, and the deployment of the Courts for Violence against Women across the country. In 2008 and 2009 Pachá aimed to discuss doctrinal issues and provide policy expertise to the courts.

Among the names confirmed for the next editions of Tardes Cariocas: A USP Ouve o Rio de Janeiro there are Luiz Eduardo Soares, a professor at the UERJ and former National Secretary of Public Security of the Ministry of Justice (MJ), Adalberto Cardoso Moreira, a professor at UERJ’s Institute of Social and Political Studies (IESP), Alba Zaluar, a visiting professor at IESP, and Luiz Bevilacqua, professor emeritus from UERJ’s Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute for Graduation in Engineering (COPPE) and former executive secretary of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI).

The event will be broadcast live on the web.