TSE President attends US conference on challenges in Brazil

“The most effective tool available for citizens to help shape a country’s path”. That is the definition given by Justice Gilmar Mendes, who chaired the Superior Electoral Court from February to April of 2006, to the right to vote in Brazilian democracy.

On April 7th and 8th, American universities Harvard and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) held discussions on the greatest challenges in Brazil today. “Brazil Conference” took place in Cambridge (Boston area), US,  with the participation of Brazilian personalities and intellectuals who discussed  prospects and possibilities for Brazil in various sectors.

The president of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), Justice Gilmar Mendes, participated in two discussion panels –  the first, on structural reforms in the financing of political campaigns in Brazil, on Friday (7), and the second, on the situation of the Brazilian prison system, on Saturday (8).

In his first presentation, Justice Mendes stressed the need for a political reform in Brazil, taking into account the exhaustion of the current system, as shown by the cases of corruption evidenced in the country. Alongside the president of the TSE at the discussion table, were Scott Mainwaring (Harvard professor), Alessandro Molon (Federal Deputy - REDE / RJ) and José Eduardo Cardozo (former Minister of Justice).

On April 8, Gilmar Mendes spoke on policies for the prision system, including those implemented during his presidency of the Supreme Federal Court (STF), and stressed the need for greater efficiency of the Judicial system as a whole.



The participants of the conference had different backgrounds, such as former Secretary of Public Security for Rio de Janeiro, José Beltrame; members of the “Car Wash” operation public prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol Republic and Judge Sérgio Moro; mayor of Salvador (BA) ACM Neto; former mayor of São Paulo Fernando Haddad; former President Dilma Rousseff; TV host Luciano Huck; genetic researcher Mayana Zatz; advertising entrepreneurNizan Guanaes; businesswoman Luiza Helena Trajano, among many others. See schedule here.


This was the third edition of the Brazil Conference, which this year had the theme "Dialogues that connect" and sought opposing opinions to generate a rich debate that can point at solutions for the country. More than 100 Brazilians were invited to speak during the program.

The first edition took place in 2015, on the initiative of Brazilian students at the two American universities (Harvard and MIT), to celebrate the 30th  anniversary of Brazilian democracy.