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September 6, 2006

Press Contacts: Jodi Bart, UT Law Communications, (512) 232-1408 or Jolyn Piercy, Faculty Assistant, (512) 471-4327.

Professor Antonio Benjamin Sworn In as Brazilian Supreme Court Justice

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Professor Antonio Benjamin
Photo Credit: Wyatt McSpadden

AUSTIN, Texas — Visiting UT Law professor Antonio Benjamin will be sworn in to the Brazilian Supreme Court today, an event that will be webcast live at 2:30 p.m. CST.

To view the swearing in ceremony, go to: and click on the button icon that will be posted by 1:30 p.m. CST. Professor David Rabban, the Dahr Jamail Randall Hage Jamail and Robert Lee Jamail Regents Chair and University Distinguished Teaching Professor, will attend the ceremony as a representative of the Law School.

“I would like to personally invite [the Law School community] to join me, from Austin, for this important step in my life,” Professor Benjamin said in an email.

Benjamin was nominated to the Supreme Court of Brazil by Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and confirmed by the Brazilian senate in July 2006.

Brazil's two highest national courts are the constitutional court and the supreme court. Its justices are appointed for life.

About UT Law and the Brazilian Exchange

For more than a decade, UT Law has engaged in an exchange of ideas with Brazilian schools, jurists, legislators, and attorneys. The school has also established internships for students in Brazil.

Each summer, Professor Claudia Lima Marques, of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), and Professor Benjamin collaborate on an extensive faculty exchange with UT Law. The exchanges facilitate discussions of various elements of the law, including criminal law, environmental law, the future of trade, human rights, private law, and constitutional law. Past exchanges have also afforded opportunities for UT Law professors to speak at the Ministry of Justice in Brasilia, speak to the Brazilian legislature, and with faculties and attorneys in the region.

About Professor Benjamin

Antonio Benjamin has taught a course on Comparative Environmental Law and a seminar on Biodiversity Law at UT Law for over a decade. As a senior Assistant Attorney General of the State of São Paulo in Brazil, Professor Benjamin is responsible for consumer and environmental litigation. Benjamin has lectured in a number of countries, including Belgium, Portugal, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Canada, China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Egypt. He is the founder of the Brazilian Consumer Law and Policy Institute and the Law for a Green Planet Institute. He was a member of the legal expert committee which drafted the Brazilian Consumer Protection Code, the Competition Act and the Crimes against the Environment Act. At present, Professor Benjamin is the special advisor for judicial affairs to the president of the Brazilian Senate and the editor-in-chief of the Brazilian Environmental Law Journal.

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