Seminar on Law and Development gathers authorities and experts in Brasília
FGV’s Rio de Janeiro Law School (Direito Rio) held the Law and Development Seminar on August 17, in Brasília. The event’s opening lecture was given by Justice Carmen Lucia, President of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), who spoke about Brazilian institutions, the role of the law and an agenda for the future.
The meeting discussed economic topics under the scope of the Judiciary branch, in addition to celebrate the launch of a research project that involves, among other proposals, analyses of the expected effects of court rulings and standards on the behavior of economic agents in the country and, consequently, on national development.
“With this initiative, Direito Rio seeks to highlight the relevance of considering the incentives and economic consequences of court rulings and standards to meet the demands of individuals and society”, said Patrícia Sampaio, a professor from Direito Rio.
During the event, Justice Carmen Lúcia said that the Brazilian Constitution “does not provide rights in excess”, mentioning the impact of court rulings on the economy and how demanding society can be of the Judiciary branch in times of crisis.
The Dean of Direito Rio, professor Sérgio Guerra, participated in the opening ceremony, as well as André Fontes, President of the Federal Regional Court of the 2nd Region (TRF2), and Gesivaldo Britto, President of the Court of Justice of the State of Bahia (TJ-BA). Then, Justice Jorge Mussi, from the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), as moderator, Armando Castelar, Coordinator of Applied Economics of FGV’s Brazilian Institute of Economics (IBRE), Jairo Saddi, from Direito Rio, and João Manoel Pinho de Melo, from the Ministry of Finance, discussed the theme “Business Environment: Regulatory Risk and Compliance Costs”.
The third panel in the event featured a lecture by professor Sérgio Guerra, who addressed the topic of risk and return on investment in infrastructure – regulation and legal certainty. Claudio Frischtak, from Inter.B, commented the topic, with mediation by STJ Justice João Noronha. Next, Everardo Maciel, tax consultant and former Secretary of the Brazilian Internal Revenue Service, and judge Marcus Abraham, from the TRF of the 2nd Region, talked about Litigation Tax Reform, with moderation by Justice Regina Helena Costa, from the STJ.
The Law and Development Seminar addressed issues related to Work Productivity and Formalization, with contributions from Vijay Gosula, from McKinsey, Mansueto Almeida, from the Ministry of Finance, and Fernando Veloso, from the IBRE, and moderated by STJ Justice Ricardo Villas Bôas Cueva.
Finally, Nuno Garoupa, from George Mason University, gave a lecture on Law and Development – the event’s main theme –, with moderation by Antonio Martistello Porto, Deputy Dean of Direito Rio.