FGV´s Rio de Janeiro Law School conducts study on United Nations’ international standards for treatment of prisoners
On January 9, the FGV´s Rio de Janeiro Law School’s Nucleus for Legal Practice (NPJ) hosted a meeting with public defenders Marlon Barcellos and Leonardo Rosa, the coordinators of the Penitentiary System Center (NUSPEN) at the Rio de Janeiro State Public Defender’s Office.
Supervised by researcher Fernanda Prates, NPJ’s Laboratory for Legal Advice on Fundamental Rights (Clínica LADIF) is currently preparing a legal report titled “The Nelson Mandela Rules in Brazil: the applicability and regulatory power of the United Nations 2015 Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.”
The work done at Clínica LADIF is the outcome of an internship agreement between the FGV´s Rio de Janeiro Law School and the Public Defender’s Office, aimed at developing legal practice activities focused on human rights and collective guardianship.
According to NUSPEN’s coordinator, public defender Marlon Barcellos, “The conclusions of this study will greatly affect our collective guardianship work, by providing support, reflections and a lot of research to underpin our administrative and judicial activities.”
NPJ’s coordinator, Professor André Mendes, said that this work is of great relevance in the context of problems generated by prison overcrowding in Brazil, and it has the potential to positively affect society and the institutions involved. “The idea is to recommend better penitentiary practices in light of international experience in criminal matters,” he said.