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CATO: Corruption and the Rule of Law: How Brazil Strengthened Its Legal System

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Brazilians should be proud of the way their legal system is fighting corruption. In fact, the constitutional and policy reforms that Brazil has implemented in the last two decades affecting its judicial system and prosecutorial bodies are an example to other countries, particularly in Latin America, said Juan Carlos Hidalgo, presenting a Geanluca Lorenzon Cato Policy Analysis published on Monday (Nov.20).

Among these reforms is the introduction of plea-bargaining, which has proven crucial in unearthing a vast web of corruption in the Car Wash (Lava Jato) scandal. Other changes include giving more autonomy to the federal police and prosecutors, as well as implementing a merit-based selection system to choose judges and prosecutors, allowing individuals with no political connections to reach these positions.

Lorenzon’s Cato Policy Analysis
Hidalgo’s presentation article