Three Brazilian pannelists from our webinar last week on law-making in illiberal regimes have put their names to an open letter in defence of academic freedom and the Rule of Law. This is in support of their colleague Professor Conrado Hübner Mendes, from the University of São Paulo who has been threatened with criminal charges by the Brazillian Attorney General. The substance of the charge relates to critical comments Professor Mendes has made in a newspaper article about the criminal justice system of Brazil under President Bolsanaro. Professor Meyer and Professor Bustamante, who both spoke at our webinar, write that this threat of criminal charges undermines constitutional protections and academic freedom in Brazil.
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