Breakfast seminar: Politics of corruption in Brazil and Peru

Time: 08:30-09:30 Wednesday 9th of October

Place: Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31

Watch: We were live streaming. You can watch the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fba2eEjCXM

In this breakfast seminar, Florian Hoffmann (PUC-Rio), Camila Gianella (CMI, PUCP) and Bheki Dlamini (political activist with a Master in Public Administration) will discuss the politicization of the fight against corruption in Brazil and in Peru, with particular focus on the Lava Jato-case.

In Brazil, there have been clear examples of law being used as a tool for targeting political opponents – especially towards the Partido dos Trabalhadores (Worker’s Party). Most recently: newly surfaced documents that suggest Judge Sergio Moro may have been partial in his judicial decisions in the Lava Jato case (Operation Car Wash) so as to prevent Lula da Silva’s Worker’s Party from winning the 2018 elections.

In Peru however, the situation is different: there the anticorruption discourse was used to attack not one particular political party or one particular president – but against a wide range of politicians, including former presidents Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and Ollanta Humala. While the sitting majority in the Peruvian Congress prepared a report on Lava Jato  case which left out several names, the Attorney Office ignored this report and opened investigations against politicians from the different political movements. The current political crisis is partly a result of this fight against corruption.

Professor Florian Hoffmann is from the Law Department of the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). He is also an associate researcher in the Núcleo de Direitos Humanos (Human Rights Center). His work has generally focused on the interface between law and politics, with his main research interest having been in international law and human rights and particularly the interface between law and development. He has published, inter alia, on the UN and human rights, economic and social rights and international legal theory, and is, with Anne Orford, the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook on the Theory of International Law.

The other speaker we will have on this panel is Camila Gianella from Peru, a Global Fellow at LawTransform and a researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), Bergen, Norway. Dr. Gianella is a part of several projects tied to LawTransform, hereby; Abortion Rights lawfare in Latin America, Operationalizing a Rights-Based Approach to Health Service Delivery, Political determinants of sexual and reproductive health: Criminalization health impacts and game changers and Litigating the Right to Health.

The moderator for this seminar will be Bheki Dlamini, a Research Affiliate at LawTransform. He is a political activist from Swaziland and completed his master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Bergen in 2017.

The event is free and open for all! Coffee, tea and croissants will be served.

(Picture: Flickr // Maxime Guilbot https://www.flickr.com/photos/maximeguilbot/14493938575)