Luís Roberto Barroso takes possesion as effective Justice of the TSE

Barroso toma posse como ministro efetivo

This Tuesday (27th), Justice Luís Roberto Barroso took posession, in a solemn plenary session, as effective Justice of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) for a two-year period. The cerimony was conducted by the President of the Court, Justice Luiz Fux. Luís Roberto Barroso takes on the post left by Justice Gilmar Mendes, which transferred the Presidency of the Court to Justice Luiz Fux on February 6. 

Beyond having the Justices of the TSE on the bench of the solemn session, there were also the Vice-president of the Federal Senate, Cássio Cunha Lima; the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo Maia; the Vice-president of the Supreme Federal Court (STF), Justice Dias Toffoli; the Vice-Electoral Inspector General, Justice Humberto Jacques de Medeiros; and the president of the Federal Council of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) Claudio Lamachia.  

Luís Roberto Barroso had been a substitute Justice of the TSE since September 2, 2014, being reconducted for a new biennium in the post on September 3, 2016. The Justice has been a part of STF since June 26, 2013.  

After the performance of the National Anthem by Brasilia’s Marines, Justice Luís Barroso took on the oath and signed the oath of office. Afterwards, Justice Luiz Fux saluted him, in the name of the Panel, and praised the friendship, academic hystory and professionalism of the new holder.  

“Justice Luís Roberto Barroso, in Carlos Drummond de Andrade’s vision, could be a singular man and at the same time a plural man, because he stands out, with the fair merit, in the scope of the bench now, which he already has been doing in the realm of advocacy, as a judge, as a professor and as an academic,” he stressed. 

TSE’s president also highlighted the important collboration that the new member will bring to the Superior Eleitoral Court amidst the current political scenery of the country.  

“In this challenging moment of the Brazilian democracy, the public spirit, the dedication to the country and the competence, demand and probity that Justice Luís Roberto Barroso manifests, reveals that the Superior Electoral Court is to be congratulated for his entrance. I am sure of your sucess, above all because of your faith in God. I welcome you,” he saluted.  

After the salutations, Justice Luís Roberto Barroso talked with the press. He stated that he considers that “politics is a first necessity. It is not possible to build a country without politics. I am committed on improving the quality of the country’s political life, in advancing the agenda of the political reform.” 

According to him, despite the changes, it is necessary to advance even more. “A political reform that undercuts elections’ costs, increases the political representativity of the parliament and facilitates the governability. I think that is an unfinished agenda,” he pondered.  

Lastly, the Justice talked about the Electoral Justice’s challenge in administrating Brazil’s electoral process. 

“The elections are a great moment; the TSE has a great work to do. We have one of the best canvas systems of the world, little to compensate a bad political system. But we also need to change that, and the help from the press and the society’s are decisive,” he concluded.  


Natural of the city of Vassouras (RJ), Justice Luís Roberto Barroso has a doctorate degree on Public Law by the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) since 2008. He is full professor of Constitutional Law at UERJ. He was also Attorney at law from the state of Rio de Janeiro.   He is the author of many books about Constitutional Law and wrote many articles that were published on national and foreign specialized magazines.

TSE’s composition

The TSE is composed by, at least, seven Justices.  Three Justices are from the STF, one of which will be the President of the Court, two Justices from the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), one of which will be the Electoral Inspector General of the Electoral Justice, and two jurists from the advocacy class, which are nominated by the President of the Republic.