Talk: Brazilian Post-Transitional Justice and the Inter-American Human Rights System

I participated yesterday in an excellent conference organised by King’s Brazil Institute on Post-Transitional Justice in Brazil (programme available here). The conference ended with a powerful critique of the Truth Commission by Bernardo Kucinski, the author of recently translated novel K (further details available from the Latin America Bureau).

My own remarks at the conference – available in the link below – sought to locate the Brazilian Truth Commission in a broader context of post-transitional justice in Brazil. In particular, I addressed the question whether the Truth Commission – as set up – is likely to be sufficient for Brazil to meet its international obligations to ‘do transitional justice’, i.e. its international obligations to ensure truth and accountability with regards to its recent past. More specifically, I emphasised what types of transitional justice policies may be required from Brazil in light of the Gomes Lund ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights from November 2010. I discussed some of the key implications of what the ruling, and the Brazilian government’s response to it, tell us about the prospects for and limitations on Brazilian post-transitional justice, and arguably, Brazilian democracy more broadly.

The paper is available as a PDF here.

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