In this event, Brazilian Supreme Federal Court Justice and former president of the Brazilian Superior Electoral Court Luís Roberto Barroso will discuss how populism and authoritarianism have endangered democracies worldwide, and describe the role of the Brazilian Supreme Court in containing the spread of harmful content in the lead-up to its 2022 presidential elections. He will also explore the effects of the technological revolution and the impact of social media platforms on democracy and freedom of speech, in a world where hate, disinformation and conspiracy theories have become a major threat. After his remarks, the justice will take questions from the audience.
This event is open to Harvard students, staff, fellows, and faculty. A Harvard ID is required for entry. Please register in advance below, limited seats will be available for walk-ins.
Justice Luís Roberto Barroso is a Brazilian law professor, jurist, Justice of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil, and has also served as President of the Superior Electoral Court.
Justice Barroso graduated with a degree in law from the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), has a Master’s Degree in law from Yale Law School, and a PhD from UERJ, being a Professor of Constitutional Law at the same university. He did his post-doctoral studies at Harvard Law School (2011) and since 2018 he has been a Senior Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.