“Electoral traditions at the United States of America and the role of the Supreme Court.” This is the theme of the lecture at the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE), this Tuesday afternoon (22nd), by the clerk of the United States Supreme Court, Scott Harris. The meeting, open to the public, was organized by the TSE in partnership the United States Embassy.
When beginning the event, the Secretary General to the President of TSE, Luciano Fuck, talked about the spirit of international cooperation between the United States and Brazil. Fuck highlighted that the lecturer, Scott Harris, is the twentieth Secreatry General of the American Supreme Court, which acted for 11 years as a consultant for the US Department of Justice
At the opening of the lecture, the Vice-president of the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), Justice Humberto Martins, highlighted the important role that TSE plays in the free practice of vote and the maintenance of Brazilian democracy. “To comprehend the functioning of the Court from the greatest country of the world teaches us valuable lessons about the Judiciary’s mission. The construction of a society that is more humane, fairest and more solidary but, above all, igualitary. That is also the role of the democracy,” he stated.
For the Justice, it is necessary to always search for the improvement and the strenghtening of the Powers. “Thus, he has the certainty that this important narrowing of ties between the US Supreme Court and Brazil’s Supreme Courts shows the efficiency of the greater spirit of the defence of democracy,” he highlighted.
The Secretary General of the US Supreme Court, Scott Harris, presented a detailed analysis of the functioning and structure of the Court in that country, passing by the profiles of Justices, nomination, time they remain in office and type of subjects analysed. “Nowadays, the American Supreme Court is composed by nine Justices. One of the most important issues that were recently evaluated by our court is about marriage between persons of the same sex,” he said.
Scott Harris remembered the two main factors that take decisions to the American Supreme Court: discretionary differences, when first and second courts decide in different ways; and questions of great national importance or that reflect in the external world politics, like the recent immigration case of the USA. “This dialogue that happens today at TSE is significant for the professionals of the area. It is very enriching to be here,” he emphasized.