Luís Roberto Barroso

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Luís Roberto Barroso
Luis Roberto Barroso 2014.jpg
Justice Barroso during plenary session in 2014
Justice of the Supreme Federal Court
Assumed office
26 June 2013
Appointed byDilma Rousseff
Preceded byAyres Britto
Personal details
Born (1958-03-11) 11 March 1958 (age 61)
Vassouras, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Alma materRio de Janeiro State University (B.D.), (Ph.D.)
Yale University (LL.M.)

Luís Roberto Barroso (born 11 March 1958) is a Brazilian law professor, jurist and current Justice of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil, having been nominated to the position by President Dilma Rousseff in 2013.

Since 14 August 2018, Barroso has also served as vice president of the Superior Electoral Court.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in the city of Vassouras, Barroso received a bachelor's degree in law from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) in 1980, and an LL.M. from Yale Law School in 1989. He received a doctorate in public law from UERJ in 2008 and is a tenured professor of constitutional law at the university.[2][3] In 2011, Barroso was a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, and while in the United States published the paper "Here, there and everywhere: human dignity in contemporary law and in the transnational discourse".[4][5]

Barroso owned the law firm Luís Roberto Barroso & Associados in Rio de Janeiro, which specialized in public law and Supreme Court litigation.[5] Prior to being nominated to the Supreme Federal Court by Dilma Rousseff in May 2013 to replace Justice Carlos Ayres Britto, Barroso served as a state lawyer in Rio de Janeiro state. He was the fourth Supreme Court nominee of Rousseff, who had previously nominated the justices Luiz Fux, Rosa Weber and Teori Zavascki.[6] He was confirmed by the Federal Senate in early June, and was sworn into office on 26 June 2013.[7]

Barroso has been invited to lecture in various universities around the world, including the prestigious New York University School of Law, in the United States, and London School of Economics and Oxford University, in England.[8][9]

Barroso is an advocate for drug legalization, starting with decriminalising the possession of marijuana for private consumption.[10] His judicial views have been described as progressive.[11]


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  2. ^ "Composição Atual :: STF - Supremo Tribunal Federal". STF. 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2015-09-20.
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  8. ^ "Brazil: Looking Beyond the Crisis".
  9. ^ "Brazil Forum UK".
  10. ^ "Brazil must legalise drugs, existing policy destroys lives".
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Preceded by
Ayres Britto
Justice of the Supreme Federal Court