Brazil

As the largest country in South America, Brazil has more than 210 million inhabitants. Brasilia is the capital and the most populous region is Sao Paulo. The country is so large that it borders every South American country except Ecuador and Chile and covers approximately 47.3% of the entire continent. Brazil was a Portuguese colony, and when the capital of the empire transferred from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro in 1815, the Brazil was elevated to the rank of a kingdom, and eventually earned its independence from Portuguese rule in 1822.

The largest natural rainforest in the world is in Brazil. The Amazon is home to diverse wildlife and ecological systems. The country is extremely biodiverse primarily because of the Amazon Rainforest.

Brazil has the 8th largest economy in the world by GDP. The country is a member of BRICS, is a founding member of NATO, and is a member of several other international groups including the Organization of American States. The country is considered a regional power in Latin America, and middle-power in international affairs. It has also been characterized as a potential superpower. For the last 150-years, the country has been the largest coffee producer in the world. Brazil is now the fourth-largest auto producer in the world, and has major exports in textile, aircraft, electrical equipment, ethanol, and steel, among other industries. Brazil is also the tenth largest energy consumer, with a majority of consumption coming in the form of renewable products.

Brazil is governed by a democratic republic, with the President having ultimate authority over Congress and foreign policy.  Brazil’s government has been known to be highly-corrupt, especially in recent years with the latest President having been impeached. Corruption costs the country over $41 billion annually and has been identified as a major constraint in the nation’s ability to successfully penetrate world markets.

The Brazilian Judicial System is a civil law adversarial system, and it is divided into a state and federal system.  Judges in courts of first instance may take office after taking a public examination, and judges in courts of second instances are promoted from the pool of judges of first instance.  For judges in the Superior courts, they are appointed by life and approved by the Senate, and they must retire by the age of 70.

Tourism is one of the leading industries in the nation in recent years. In addition to the Amazon and natural rainforests throughout the country, the world’s most famous beach, Copacabana, is situated in Rio de Janeiro. The famous Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue also sits atop Sugar Loaf Mountain, which is nearly 1300 meters above the harbor. In addition to these sites other popular attractions in the country include beaches in Rio de Janeiro and Santa Catarina, Iguazu Falls (which can be seen from the Brazilian and Argentinian borders), and regions like Sao Paulo, which is one of the largest, most highly-developed cities in the country, and around the world.

Visitors to the National Law Review can find coverage, stories, and news from the country of Brazil, South America, and international relations with the US. Production of ethanol and other natural fuels/resources, labor and employment laws in the country, the pharmaceuticals industry, international relations, government and political regulations, and other stories are covered by the National Law Review regularly for its visitors.

Date Title Organization
6
Feb
Brazil | Minimum Wage Increase Announced Berry Appleman & Leiden
16
Jan
Law Library of Congress Publishes Report on Selected Issues in Biotechnology Regulation Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
9
Jan
Brazil | Visa Requirement Postponed Berry Appleman & Leiden
8
Jan
Visiting Brazil? Visa Requirement for Business or to Work Remotely Jackson Lewis P.C.
6
Dec
Brazil | eVisa Online Application Platform Launched Berry Appleman & Leiden
18
Oct
New Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Petitions on Brass Rod from Brazil, India, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, and South Korea ArentFox Schiff LLP
18
Oct
Latest Developments and Initiatives in Brazil Beveridge & Diamond PC
26
Sep
U.S./Brazil Litigation Developments Oberheiden P.C.
19
Sep
Amazonian Nations Sign Joint Declaration but Fail to Agree Joint Target to End Illegal Deforestation Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
13
Sep
Regulating Influencer Marketing: A Comparative Analysis of Laws Across the World Foley & Lardner LLP
27
Jul
Latin America Energy Updates: May–June 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
11
Jul
Brazil Launches Preparations for COP30 and Announces Eight Environmental Protection Decrees Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
24
Jun
Big Law Redefined: Episodes 6 & 7 | The State of Venture Capital in Latin America – Parts 1 & 2 [Podcast] Greenberg Traurig, LLP
15
Jun
Brazil Confirmed Host of COP30 in 2025 Amid President’s Uphill Battle to Preserve Environmental and Climate Change Agendas Beveridge & Diamond PC
6
Jun
ClientEarth Litigation in U.S. Over Deforestation in Brazil Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
2
Jun
Latin America Energy Updates: January – April 2023 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
23
Mar
Brazil Update: Administrative Sanctions Loom with New Regulation Greenberg Traurig, LLP
23
Mar
Brazilian DPA Enacts Regulation on the Setting and Application of Administrative Penalties Under the Brazilian General Data Protection Law Hunton Andrews Kurth
13
Mar
“Car Wash” is no more but enforcement continues outside of Brazil’s borders Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
7
Mar
Brazil Updates: Biden and Lula Advance Environmental and Climate Agendas, Brazil Makes Progress on Other Chemical Regulatory Initiatives Beveridge & Diamond PC
20
Jan
Brazil Continues to Implement Social, Environmental, and Climate Change Regulatory Reforms Beveridge & Diamond PC
16
Nov
Brazilian Football: Big Opportunity, Big Risk Ankura
4
Nov
What’s Next for Brazil’s Environmental and Climate Agenda Under President Lula? Beveridge & Diamond PC
2
Nov
Brazil Limits New Privacy Law’s Obligations on Small Entities Greenberg Traurig, LLP
13
Oct
3 Intricacies of Brazil Vacation Laws Employers May Want To Consider Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
31
Aug
Brazil’s 2021-2022 LGPD Privacy Regulatory Process Nearing Completion Greenberg Traurig, LLP
23
Aug
Renewable Energy in Latin America Updates August 2022 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
5
Aug
Mexico’s Ministry of the Interior Issues New Visa Requirement for Brazilian Nationals Traveling to Mexico Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
8
Jul
Renewable Energy in Latin America Updates July 2022 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
5
Jul
Important Privy Council Ruling on Enforcement of An Arbitration Award and Article V Of the New York Convention K&L Gates
2
Jun
SEC Brings Enforcement to Tragedy: Asserts Failed ESG Disclosure in Dam Collapse Norris McLaughlin P.A.
19
May
Vale’s ESG Disclosures Lead to Regulatory and Shareholder Litigation K&L Gates
19
May
Virginia Finalizes CDPA Text With the Addition of Three Amendment Bills ArentFox Schiff LLP
18
May
Worldsmart: Un Puente Entre Dos Mundos— Inversiones Entre EEUU y América Latina [PODCAST] ArentFox Schiff LLP
16
May
“Fake News” Brazilian Style Norris McLaughlin P.A.
11
May
Renewable Energy in Latin America Updates May 2022 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
9
May
SEC Brings First Major ESG Enforcement Action Bracewell LLP
6
May
SEC ESG Task Force Charges First Company For ESG Fraud CMBG3 Law
22
Apr
Latin America Venture Investment Sees a Q1 Decline, but Earlier Stage Investment Remains Strong Foley & Lardner LLP
22
Apr
Headlines that Matter for Companies and Executives in Regulated Industries. ArentFox Schiff LLP
3
Mar
Renewable Energy in Latin America Updates Greenberg Traurig, LLP
10
Feb
Tech Transactions & Data Privacy 2022 Report: Roundup of International Privacy Laws Polsinelli PC
6
Dec
Panamanian Intermediary Pleads Guilty in Money Laundering Conspiracy Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
1
Nov
Country-Specific International Travel Restrictions Will Be Rescinded November 8, 2021 Miller Canfield
27
Oct
Latin America: Today’s Next Investment Frontier Foley & Lardner LLP
16
Oct
White House Announces Relaxation of COVID-19–Related Travel Restrictions to the United States, Beginning on November 8, 2021 Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
23
Sep
The End of NIEs Is Nigh – Biden’s Covid Team Announces Travel Restrictions to Be Lifted in November Hunton Andrews Kurth
22
Sep
Biden Administration: C-19 Travel Bans to be Lifted for Fully Vaccinated Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
29
Jul
Payments Across the Globe Miniseries - Trends in Brazil [PODCAST] K&L Gates
7
Jul
US Department of State Extends Validity of National Interest Exceptions to 12 Months Mintz
 

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