Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Amnesty and Transitional Justice in Brazil After Twenty Years of Democratic Rule of Law: Why Now?

December 4th, 2013
4:00 pm

Weinmann Hall 110

In 2011, Brazil established a National Truth Commission (NTC), attracting broad international attention for its transitional justice process and raising at least two important questions. Why did it take almost three decades after the end of the military regime to implement this important step? Will the NTC be a step forward in the struggle to overturn 1979 amnesty law, or will it instead function as a trade-off in which truth becomes a substitute for justice? Two key ideas help answer these questions. The first entails the evolving meaning of ‘€œamnesty‘€ in Brazil, that is, its legal and political transformations over time. The second involves the way society mobilized political actors and built transitional justice institutions and agencies, moving from an agenda of reparations and memory to another of truth and justice. By addressing these issues, the presentation aims to contextualize Brazil‘€™s transitional justice process and analyze its current challenges and possibilities.

Presenter, Marcelo D. Torelly, is currently a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School. He has served as adviser to the Brazilian Ministry of Justice on Transitional Justice issues and as the manager of the Transitional Justice Exchange and Development Program (a joint project of Brazil’s federal government and the UNDP), in addition to teaching law at Brasília Catholic University.

This event is sponsored by the Payson Center for International Development, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Spanish & Portuguese Department, the Altman Program, and the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching.

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For more information, please contact Rebecca Atencio,

Brazil + People
Jorge Valenzuela
Ph.D. Student