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Jornada sobre Democracia e Justiça Eleitoral

I Journey on Democracy and Electoral Justice promotes the exchange of experiences between Brazil and Argentina

The Electoral Judiciary School of the Superior Electoral Court (EJE/TSE) performed, on June 1 and 2, in partnership with the Universidad de Palermo, the I Jornada sobre Democracia e Justiça Eleitoral (I Journey on Democracy and Electoral Justice), in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The initiative is part of the actions that the EJE has, with the objective of offering international information in Electoral Law to judges, members of the Department of Justice, civil servers and professionals of the judiciary field.

The course had the aim of promoting the interexchange of experiences and the dialogue between the Brazilian and Argentinean electoral systems. For this reason, in addition to the classes ministered by renowned Argentinean constitutionalists and electioneering, the event provided lectures on important themes: ineligibility; Electoral Justice and the new challenges of the current democracies; electoral campaigns in social media and means of communication; and female participation in politics.

The opening ceremony of the event had the participation of the EJE director, Justice Tarcisio Vieira de Carvalho Neto, and the professor of the Universidad de Palermo, Leandro Vergara, in which they have highlighted the importance of the initiative for the development of Electoral Law in both countries.

To Justice Tarcisio Vieira, the Argentinean electoral system, as well as the Brazilian, is respected and can be studied scientifically. In this sense, according to him, the meeting promoted an excellent dialogue around the common themes of Latin America, such as democracy, women’s participation in politics and the financing of campaigns.

The judge emphasized that the event was born from the common will of the countries in order to fight themes that interest both of them. “The idea was to launch the seed for a permanent dialogue between Brazil and Argentina and, why not, an ambitious step between other countries of Latin America,” Tarcisio Vieira said.

The journeys began with the first lecture “Justiça Eleitoral perante os novos desafios das democracias atuais” (Electoral Justice before the new challenges of the current democracies), rendered by the TSE justices, Tarcisio Vieira de Carvalho Neto and Carlos Bastide Horbach, and by the professor of Constitutional Law of the University of Buenos Aires, Aires Pablo Manili. Afterward, there was the discussion on “Financiamento partidário nas campanhas eleitorais – Casos da Argentina e do Brasil” (Partisan financing in electoral campaigns - Cases in Argentina and Brazil), which was conducted by justice Sérgio Silveira Banhos and by the professor and secretary of the Nacional Electoral Chamber of Argentina, Alejandra Lázzaro.

The project predicts, yet, on August of this year, a second step in the head-office of TSE in Brasília, with the presence of Argentinean jurists and other guests.

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