Comparative Politics

Presidentialism with Parliamentarian Constitutionalism in Brazil: the Inquiry of the End of the World and unchecked judicial imbalances



Brazil’s Supreme Court has launched and presided over investigation procedures on alleged fake news. The so-called “Inquiry of the End of the World” (Inquérito do Fim do Mundo) was initiated by the President of the Court Justice Toffoli, overseen by another member of the Court Justice Moraes (also rapporteur). Brazil’s Constitution require different acts to be performed by different actors. By due process, the police investigate, prosecutors accuse, and judges judge. In the Inquiry of the End of the World, judges investigate, prosecute and judge. In a surprisingly evident festival of illegal acts, the rapporteur ordered searches and seizures, censorship, and arrests. Is Brazil’s Supreme Court stepping out of its constitutional mandate and limits? What impacts can such developments have on Brazilian Checks and Balances? How does this phenomenon fit within traditional literature on Coalitional Presidentialism in Latin America, especially Brazil?


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