On 13th February 2023, Dr. Belavusau and Dr. Sadowski were joined by MELA researcher Dr. Castellanos-Jankiewicz, at the School of Judges of the state of Rio de Janeiro (Escola da Magistratura de Estado do Rio de Janeiro). The three presentations analysed legal regulation of historical memory through the lens of its compatibility with freedom of speech, other fundamental rights, and the issues of transitional justice topical both in Europe and Latin America. Dr. Belavusau presented on “Pros and Cons of the Adopting Memory Laws: The European Judicial Experience on the Colonial and Post-Totalitarian Past”, Dr. Castellanos-Jankiewicz’s presentation addressed “The Resurgence of Amnesties in Latin America: Between Remembrance and Renewal in the Context of the MELA Declaration on Law and Memory”, while Mr. Sadowski presented on “Memory Politics in Brazil: Exploring the Proceedings of the National Commission of Memory with regard to International Judicial Norms”.
A full recording of the well-attended workshop can be found here, with interventions from Prof. André Gustavo Corrêa de Andrade (Judge and Professor at Estacio de Sá Law School), Prof. Ariane Trevisian Fiori (Attorney and Professor at Estacio de Sá Law School) and Prof. Carlos Affonso Souza (Professor at UERJ). A similar presentation was also given at the Public Prosecutors Office of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Procuradoria Geral de Estado do Rio de Janeiro) on the 14th February 2023 – a recording of the presentation with Portuguese translations is available online here.