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Dieter Grimm visits Mecila in São Paulo

At the invitation of Mecila – Maria Sibylla Merian Center Conviviality-Inequality in Latin America, the renowned German Prof. em. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Dieter Grimm participated in a special seminar at the Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP) held on November 23th. In addition to serving over ten years as Justice of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, Grimm is also a current permanent fellow and former Director of the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin). In his lecture “Courts under pressure,” Grimm discussed some of the challenges currently faced by constitutional courts and the consequences that the paralysis of these institutions represents for democracy. He spoke about the political pressures that currently threaten some of the courts in the European Union, such as Poland and Hungary.

At the Faculty of Law (USP) Prof. Virgílio Afonso da Silva (left) and Prof. Dieter Grimm (right) /Image Credit: Artur Pericles Lima Monteiro

Following several events in Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro, and his visit to Mecila on November 23th, the former Justice concluded his tour of Brazil at the Faculty of Law of the University of São Paulo (USP) on November 26th. In his final lecture “What exactly is political about constitutional adjudication?” Grimm attempts to identify the different ways in which decisions of a constitutional court may have a legal or political character. The lecture was part of the series “International Dialogues in Constitutional Law” of the Faculty of Law, and was attended by students, teachers, and members of the public interested in constitutional law.