The former chancellor Celso Lafer will come to integrate the Board of Advisers of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, International IDEA, representing Brazil. He was elected last Friday (16th) for a three-year mandate, with a possible renewal. His candidacy was presented by the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), during the meeting of IDEA’s Director Comitee, on Februrary 15.
The Board of Advisers is composed by 15 members, chosen based on their professional and academic trajectories. The main task of the Board is to assist IDEA in strategical decisions and promote the work of the Institute throughtout the world. In general, the members assemble twice a year. IDEA’s head office located in Stockholm, Sweden.
Brazil formally entered International Idea on April 2016 and, since December of the same year, has been in the Director Committee. Created in 1995, IDEA has the objective of providing technical assistance, developing studies and researches on the electoral, democratic and development processes. The institute, that currently has 30 Member States, is financed by the voluntary contributions of the Member States and organizations such as the United Nations Development Program.
Celso Lafer is an emeritus professor of the College of Law of the International Relations Institute of the University of Sao Paulo (USP). He was a Foreign Affairs Justice (1992 and 2001-2002) and a Development, Industry and Trade Justice (1999). He supervised the São Paulo Research Foundation (Fapesp) between 2007 and 2015 and is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters since 2006.