Monday, October 25, 2021
Lenio Streck, Universidade Estácio de Sá/Brazilian Academy of Constitutional Law
To build a fragile democracy, permanently at risk of a coup d’état, three ingredients are indispensable:
1. Wear down politics and politicians
2. Weaken democratic institutions
3. Put moral and moralizing discourse above the law and constitutional guarantees.
That is the Brazilian scenario today. Diving into the threats to Brazil’s democracy and the unexpected role of the Supreme Court in pushing back, Prof. Streck asks “What is the role of law and institutions in peripheral countries with fragile democracies?”
Lenio Luiz Streck is a constitutional scholar and a professor of law at Universidade Estácio de Sá in Rio de Janeiro. Recent publications include The Book of Suspicions: What to Do Now that We Know that Moro was Partial and Suspect? (2020) and Models of Judges: Between Judicial Activism and Fundamental Rights (in English, 2016).
This presentation will be in Portuguese with simultaneous interpretation in English.
This is the first event of the Outlook for Brazilian Democracy series, organized by CLAS and ongoing throughout the 2021–22 academic year.
Free and open to the public.
Natalie Arsenault, Associate Director, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Chicago