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LEGS, or "Law-Engaged Graduate Students," meets during the academic year to discuss a work in progress by one of our Graduate Associates. Academic papers, dissertation proposals, and dissertation chapters have been presented at these meetings, to an audience of fellow graduate students.
Abstract: ": This presentation focuses on how race and equality unfold in the stories that are told within and outside of the Brazilian criminal system. The backdrop is formed by the mediatic outcomes of Car Wash Operation (Operação Lava Jato), “the biggest corruption scandal in history” (Watts 2017). The Operation has prompted a profound symbolic shift in Brazilian public opinion, spreading the belief that justice was achieved since dozens of the country’s most powerful, affluent white men were arrested for the first time in Brazilian history. In dialogue with Critical Race Theory, I ask whether Lava Jato might be understood as a case of judicial storytelling and, if so, how race has been presented and manipulated in the judicial cases that form the Operation."
Lucas E. A. Prates is a 2nd year graduate student in the Department of Anthropology and a research assistant at the Brazil LAB (PIIRS). Lucas is also a lawyer in his native Brazil, where he has worked in non-governmental organizations and in partnership with indigenous peoples and other traditional communities. He holds an LLM in human rights from Birkbeck, University of London, and is currently studying legal and political anthropology.