The imprisonment of Lula and Brazil's democracy

Evening panel talk with Brazil experts.

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On April 7 former president of Brazil and frontrunner in the October presidential elections, Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, was imprisoned on charges of corruption, while awaiting his last appeal. This occurred in the midst of massive protests, and may throw Brazil into an even graver crisis of legitimacy and political uncertainty. Norwegian companies have invested more than 250 billion NOK in Brazil, and Norway and Brazil enjoy close relations. How should Norwegian actors relate to the ongoing events? Is the process against Lula a necessary crack-down on corruption or a planned exclusion of Brazil's most popular politician from democratic participation? Is Brazil's democracy in danger?


To discuss this topic, we have some of Norway's foremost Brazil experts:

Yuri Kasahara, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University

Ingrid Fadnes, The Norwegian Solidarity Committee for Latin America (LAG)

Einar Braathen, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University

Torkjell Leira, University of Oslo and  BrasiLeira

Harald Martinsen, Brazilian-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce





Published Apr. 5, 2019 1:20 PM - Last modified May 10, 2019 4:18 PM