U.S. / Brazil Comparative Environmental Law: Sources of Brazilian Law
This guide will assist you in finding Brazilian Environmental Law through foreign law research guides; linking to sources of Brazilian law; and locating secondary sources, publishing resources, and translation tools.
Website of the institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources at the Ministry of the Environment for Brazil. Provides access to legislation by topic as well as other information about agency activities and programs.
Created in February 1989. Main duties of IBAMA are:
I. exercise the power of environmental police;
II. to carry out actions of the national environmental policies related to the federal attributions related to environmental licensing, environmental quality control, authorization of the use of natural resources and to environmental monitoring, monitoring and control, observing the guidelines issued by the Ministry of the Environment ; and
III. to execute the complementary actions of competence of the Union, in accordance with the current environmental legislation.
LexML is a portal that unifies access to Brazilian legislative and legal information. Included a collection of 1.2 million documents when it was launched in 2009 with information from the Office of the Federal Solicitor General (AGU); the State Legislative Assembly of Minas Gerais; the House of Representatives; the National Justice Board; the Superior Board of Labor Justice (CSJT); the Office of the Comptroller General (CGU); the National Press; the São Carlos Town Council (SP), the Office of the Federal Prosecutor-General; the Federal Senate; the Higher Court of Justice (STJ); the Supreme Federal Court (STF); the Brazilian Court of Audit (TCU); the Higher Labor Court (TST); and the Higher Electoral Court (TSE). More information has been added over the years. It is a searchable database.
Database of laws, regulations, case law, and secondary sources for countries in the Americas. Materials generally provided in the original Portuguese, but some materials translated into English. Put together by the Kozolchyk National Law Center, which is a nonprofit research and legal reform institution. Keyword search.
Known as the Citizenship tribunal, the STJ is the court of last instance for non-specialized infra-constitutional matters not dealt with in the Federal Constitution. The court also hears appeals from lower courts that deny application of a federal law, and is responsible for resolving splits of interpretation of lower court decisions. All materials and the website are in Portuguese.
Portal to the Supreme Tribunal Federal (STF) which is the court responsible for interpreting the Constitution of Brazil. Also responsible for hearing appeals in the last instance and matters of jurisdiction. Decisions are provided in Portuguese although some constitutional issues may be translated into English.
To view the materials available in English, go to the black bar at the top of the page and choose English from the drop down International menu towards the middle of the screen.
Available through HeinOnline, this resource provides access to various versions of the Constitution of Brazil including original text in both Portuguese and English; commentary to the Constitution in English; amending laws; scholarly articles on the Brazilian Constitution; bibliography on select Constitutional works; and external links.