by Isabela Messias, Co Editor and Writer at Brazil Talk
It is 9:30am, and the “Institution-Building, Governance and Compliance in Brazil”conference organized and co-hosted by Columbia University just finished setting things up to receive Sergio Moro, the federal judge who is heading the Car Wash operation, also known as Lava Jato — the largest corruption investigation in Brazil’s history. The room is full of students, academics, scholars and journalists, waiting for Moro to go up on stage. As he does, however, the unexpected happens: amidst thunderous claps, outraged protests erupt from the audience. One woman, who had to be escorted out, yells “Biased! Coup!”. Another person joins the chorus, reading as loudly as possible a protest letter. On the opposite third person, dressed in a Brazilian football t-shirt, angrily holds a sign that says “In Moro We Trust”, and screams “shut up” while booing. Needless to say, it was mayhem, which delayed Moro’s statement for at least twenty minutes. (more…)
On February 6-7, the Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies at Columbia University and the Janey Program in Latin American Studies at the New School for Social Research, in New York will bring together leading practitioners, scholars and high-profile public officers to discuss the effects of Carwash Operation in Brazil’s current and future institutional framework. What has changed so far in terms of political, policy and business practices? For how long? Is there room for further institutional improvements? Is the system reformable? How is the Operation helping to support a market-based development agenda grounded on the rule of law? How are national and foreign investors reacting to these changes and challenges? What comes next for Brazil?
Featured Guest Speakers
Cármen Lúcia Antunes Rocha is the Chief Justice of the Brazilian Supreme Court.
Sérgio Fernando Moro is a Brazilian federal judge who has gained national and international fame for commanding the prosecution of the crimes identified in the investigation nicknamed Operação Lava-Jato (Carwash, in English), a corruption probe involving government officials and business executives.
Paulo Roberto Galvão is a Brazilian federal prosecutor, member of the Carwash Operation Task Force which negotiates plea bargains with high-profile politicians and businessmen accused of wrongdoings.
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Brazil Talk invites to the film screening of ‘The Pride of Being Brazilian’ — ‘Orgulho de Ser Brasileiro’ — followed by a conversation with director Adalberto Piotto on October 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 in IAB 405.
Last week, Brazil Talk participated in an event with Brazil’s Minister of Social Development and Fight Against Hunger, Tereza Campello, at Columbia University. Mrs. Campello is responsible for the leading widely recognized programs such as Fome Zero and Bolsa Família, two of the most important social policies adopted by Brazil in the last decades. Minister Campello discussed the social impacts of these policies in the last ten years. Prof. Albert Fishlow, Prof. Sidney Nakahodo (both members of Brazil Talk’s Advisory Board) and Prof. André Lara Rezende (former president of the Brazilian Development Bank – BNDES) were also present at the event.
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