RDV: Brazil: Deciding in times of crisis

Time: 23. February, 14:15

Place: Jekteviksbakken 31 or Zoom.



Karina Denari (FGV São Paulo Law School), Siri Gloppen (UiB) and Larissa Margarido (FGV São Paulo Law School).

Constitutional Courts have become central actors in political, institutional and social crises.

Decision-making in times of crisis amplify challenges of judicial compliance and may expose not only the Court but the justices to public scrutiny and criticism from political actors. This could potentially lead to backlash and resistance to verdicts.

In this seminar, Karina Denari will present her study on strategies used by the Brazilian Supreme Court to face those challenges. These include strategies such as the use of agenda power, vagueness or strategic silence.

Denari asks to what extent using such strategies might impact decision-making coherence and stability, as well as the courts’ reputation and social trust in the long run.

Karina Denari is currently a researcher at FGV São Paulo Law School and a guest researcher at the Centre on Law and Social Transformation with a grant from the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior – Brazil (CAPES-PrInt). She holds a master’s degree in Law from the University of São Paulo, and a PhD in Law from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Siri Gloppen will be discussant and Larissa Margarido will chair the seminar.

The seminar is part of the RDV-webinar series, a collaboration between the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism and the Centre on Law and Social Transformation at the University of Bergen. The RDV-webinar series is an interdisciplinary webinar where we invite national and international researchers to talk about their pioneering research on topics regarding law, democracy, and welfare. The webinars are held monthly on selected Thursdays, from 14:15-15:30 (CET / GMT+1).