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Making Law MatterEnvironmental Protection and Legal Institutions in Brazil$
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Lesley K. McAllister

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758239

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758239.001.0001

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Becoming Environmental Prosecutors

Becoming Environmental Prosecutors

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This chapter describes the legal and institutional transformation through which the Ministério Público became involved in defending environmental and other public interests. The first part focuses on the building of the legal framework that enabled the Ministério Público's environmental prosecution work. It describes the legal changes of the 1980s and explains how they occurred. The second part shows how the institution expanded and reconstructed itself based on its new legal framework. The institution-building process included diffusing the new institutional role throughout the country, institutional growth and restructuring, more selective recruitment, and the development of an esprit-de-corps around environmental and other public interest work.

Keywords:   Ministério Público, Brazil, environmental prosecution, legal framework, institution building

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