Brazilian Criminal Procedure Law: Is a Criminal Conviction Really Enforceable?


As part of the Law Library?s Legal Research Institute Foreign and Comparative Law Webinar Series, we will present a webinar on criminal procedure law in Brazil to discuss whether a criminal conviction is really enforceable or if there is an impunity problem in the country. To analyze these issues, we have invited three distinguished Brazilian professionals: a public prosecutor, a public defender and an appellate court judge.

The webinar will be coordinated by senior foreign law specialist Eduardo Soares. Mr. Soares holds an LLM in International Legal Studies from the American University Washington College of Law and a JD from the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mr. Soares will be joined by the following panelists:

Mr. Leonardo Augusto de Andrade Cezar dos Santos is a Public Prosecutor for the state of Espirito Santo and holds a law degree from the Catholic University of Salvador ; a Masters degree in Corruption and the Rule of Law from the University of Salamanca / Spain; and is currently defending his PhD thesis on the Rule of Law and Global Governance also at the University of Salamanca. Mr. Santos was a visiting researcher at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington D.C. in 2016 and is a member of the International Association of Prosecutors.

Mr. Henrique de Almeida Freire Goncalves is a Public Defender for the state of Parana and holds a law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and a Masters degree in Constitutional Law from the Centro Universitario Autonomo do Brasil. Mr. Goncaves is a specialist in economic criminal law at the Fundac?o Getulio Vargas; and a specialist in public law at the Universidade Veiga de Almeida.

Mr. Fausto Martin De Sanctis is a Federal Appellate Judge at Federal Regional Tribunal - 3rd Region. Judge De Sanctis graduated in Law from the Centro Universitario das Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas, FMU. He is a specialist in Civil Procedural Law at the University of Brasilia, PhD in Criminal Law from the University of S?o Paulo and professor at the University of St. Jude and the National Institute of Graduate Studies (INPG). He specializes in legislation to combat money laundering and white-collar crimes and has written many books on the subject, which can be found on the collection of the Law Library of Congress.

Date and Location

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm