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  • SP Anti-Smoking Law Survives Its First Court Challenge

    Thursday, May 14th, 2009

    What a week for tobacco control in São Paulo state! Last week Governor Serra signed a tough anti-smoking law he requested from the state assembly just nine months ago.  Within days the Brazilian Association of Bars and Restaurants (Abrasel) filed in the Federal Supreme Court (STF) a direct challenge to the law’s constitutionality, together with […]

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    Public Ministry Can Investigate

    Saturday, March 14th, 2009

    Synopsis in English: Brazil’s Supreme Court has confirmed that under the 1988 Constitution, the Public Ministry has the power to conduct criminal investigations.  The power had been challenged through a direct action of unconstitutionality (ação direta de inconstitucionalidade – ADIN). Desde o Ministério Público (MP) do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul: Ministério Público pode […]

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    Brazil’s New Sanitation Law

    Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

    After Over 20 Years of Arguing, Better Than Nothing? On 05 January Brazil finally, after over two decades of debate, adopted a framework law on basic sanitation. Ironically, the law signed by President Lula is not radically different from one vetoed by his predecessor, Fernando Henrique Cardoso (FHC), on the same day (05 January) 12 […]

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