Justice Cármen Rocha participates in international congress to mark 20th anniversary of Civil Code

The purpose of the event is to discuss the various advances and challenges of the Brazilian Civil Code in the 20 years since it was enacted.
Law
14 September 2022
Justice Cármen Rocha participates in international congress to mark 20th anniversary of Civil Code

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Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Rio de Janeiro Law School is celebrating its 20th anniversary by holding an international congress called “20th Anniversary of the Civil Code: Advances and Challenges.” The meeting will be attended by Justice Cármen Lúcia Antunes Rocha of the Federal Supreme Court. The public event will take place on September 15 and 16, starting at 9 am, at the FGV Cultural Center (Praia de Botafogo, 186, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro).

The purpose of the event is to discuss the various advances and challenges of the Brazilian Civil Code in the 20 years since it was enacted. Some of the most prestigious legal authorities in Brazil and other countries, including superior court justices and experts in the field, will come together to debate the Civil Code and key theoretical and practical issues related to it.

The international speakers will include Professor António Menezes Cordeiro of the University of Lisbon; Professor Paulo Mota Pinto of the University of Coimbra; and Jan Peter Schmidt, a researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law.

During the event, these and other experts will analyze the application of Brazil’s Civil Code, the first new civil code to be instituted in the 21st century anywhere in the world. Although the document brought about several advances in relation to its predecessor, the Civil Code of 1916, it has posed many legislative issues, which professors and researchers at FGV and other institutions in Brazil have been researching.

The conference will debate topics such as civil obligations and liability, contracts, business issues, land tenure regularization issues, and family and succession law. There will also be discussions about efforts to interpret and apply the Civil Code better and more effectively.

20th anniversary of FGV Rio de Janeiro Law School
 

The FGV Rio de Janeiro Law School was founded in July 2002. So far, 3,500 people have completed its undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and non-degree courses, benefiting from its innovative and experimental approach to teaching and researching law. Over the last 20 years, the school has become a hub for legal research and content production, aiding Brazil’s development and its participation on the international stage.

The institution stands out for its international activities, aimed at training global professionals. The school has agreements with 54 renowned universities in 22 other countries. Concerned with social issues and the promotion of democratic ideals, it also runs a Diversity and Inclusion Program, attentive to discussions about diversity, inclusion and increasing the political participation of historically underprivileged groups in the country’s public sphere.

“The FGV Rio de Janeiro Law School was founded with the challenge of transforming the teaching, production and application of law in Brazil. Therefore, our DNA contains a permanent commitment to innovation, whether in education, research or relations with society and the world. These paths are intended to contribute to FGV’s mission, which is to promote Brazil’s socioeconomic development,” says the school’s dean, Professor Sérgio Guerra.

“This event is a unique opportunity to debate one of Brazil’s most important laws, which affects its citizens in many different aspects of their lives,” says Professor Daniel Dias, the congress’ creator and one of its organizers. “Leading specialists from Brazil and other countries will present their views on the Brazilian Civil Code’s advances and challenges since it was created 20 years ago. It is both exciting and gratifying to be involved in holding such an important debate.”

To enter the event venue, the FGV Cultural Center, you need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and photo ID. People wearing flip-flops or shorts are not allowed to enter.

To take part in the congress, please sign up here.

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