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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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Making Law Matter
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DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804758239.003.0006

This chapter illustrates how changes in the Ministério Público and the Brazilian judiciary have enhanced access to justice for environmental interests. The first section discusses the Ministério Público's partnerships with civil society organizations and how it became the environmental lawyer and negotiator of society. It also analyzes the “prioritization problem,” a byproduct of the Ministério Público's responsiveness to public complaints. The second section describes changes undergone by the Brazilian judiciary, partly as a function of the Ministério Público's work, that made it increasingly able and willing to resolve environmental and other public interest cases. The problem of judicial delay and the debate regarding the “judicialization of politics” are also explained.

Keywords:   Ministério Público, Brazilian judiciary, environmental interests, prioritization problem, environmental law

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