The Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the Normalisation of Barbarity


This paper aims to explain the legal-political vocabulary that informs the decisions of the Brazilian Supreme Court on prison issues, giving prominence to the dimensions of race, gender, class and sexuality. In particular, it seeks to show the role of judicial action in the reproduction of black genocide, with significant implications for women, and how the Supreme Court acts as an authority over the barbarism installed in the criminal justice system.


This article was originally published in Portuguese by the Brazilian journal Revista Direito e Praxis available at DOI: 10.1590/2179-8966/2020/50270

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Published: 2021-12-01
Pages:102 to 116
Section:Special Issue: Policing and Preventing Gender Violence in the Global South
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Flauzina , A. ., Pires , T. . and Lopes Gomes Pinto Ferreira , G. . (2021) “The Brazilian Federal Supreme Court and the Normalisation of Barbarity”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 10(4), pp. 102-116. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.1806.
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Author Biographies

Federal University of Bahia

Ana Flauzina is a black woman who believes in movements from life and battles. She has a PhD in Law from the American University Washington College of Law and postdoctoral from the African and African Diaspora Studies Department from the University of Texas, Austin. She is a Professor at the Faculty of Education and at the Faculty of Law at the Federal University of Bahia. 

Catholic Pontifical University of Rio de Janeiro

Thula Pires is a black woman of axé, Dandara's mother and ballerina. She has a PhD in Constitutional Law from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She is a Professor of Law and coordinator of NIREMA (Interdisciplinary Centre for Reflection and Afro-descendant Memory) at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She is also a Visiting Professor at the African Gender Institute, University of Cape Town.

Queensland University of Technology

Gisella Lopes Gomes Pinto Ferreira is currently a PhD candidate at Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She holds an MPhil in Justice from QUT and LLB from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil. Her research explores the prevention of gendered violence in youth cohorts in Brazil and Australia, adopting a southern criminology lens, critical feminist perspective.