Carlos Bolonha

Carlos Bolonha is the Vice Dean and Professor of Law at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Law School. He is School's Research Coordinator and a Brazilian National Council of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq) Research Fellow. He is also coordinator of the Theoretical and Analytical Studies on Institutional Behavior Lab, author of several articles in various law reviews and newspapers and founder of the Journal of Institutional Studies (Revista Estudos Institucionais).

Columns by Carlos Bolonha

Funding the Judiciary: A Comparative Analysis of the United States and Brazil

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Guest columnists Igor De Lazari, Antonio G. Sepulveda, and Carlos Bolonha critique recent significant budget cuts to Brazil’s federal judiciary. The authors explain the importance of ensuring the judiciary has sufficient funds and draw upon both U.S. and Brazilian precedence to argue that allocating funds for the proper function of the judicial branch is a legislative prerogative.

Balancing Teachers’ Liberty Against Students’ Right to Unbiased Education

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Antonio G. Sepulveda, Carlos Bolonha, and Igor De Lazari comment on a law recently passed by the house of representatives of the Brazilian state of Alagoas—over the governor’s veto—that places certain restrictions on teachers’ autonomy in the classroom. Sepulveda, Bolonha, and De Lazari discuss the purpose of the law and the criticism leveled against it and draw upon United States federal case law as a basis for analysis.

Two Courts, Two Interpretations

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Igor De Lazari, Antonio Sepulveda, and Carlos Bolonha discuss a recent decision by the Brazilian Supreme Court affecting presidential impeachment procedures. The authors point out that the United States and Brazil have similar constitutional origins of impeachment proceedings but that the two countries diverge in interpreting and applying those provisions.