Mani Pulite, Lava Jato and the Road Ahead for Anti-Corruption Efforts in Brazil

When Sergio Moro, the former lead judge dealing with corruption cases stemming from Operation Lava Jato (Car Wash) in Brazil, took a role in the government of President Jair Bolsonaro, many worried that it was the end of Brazil’s push to root out corruption. In a guest article, Hogan Lovells partner Rafael Ribeiro suggests that those fears may be exaggerated. Drawing comparisons to Italy’s Mani Pulite corruption scandal from the 1990s, Ribeiro explains how popular perceptions of anti-corruption efforts often show a pattern of embrace followed by disillusionment, and suggests how Brazil can continue to move ahead. See “Anti-Corruption Is Front and Center for Recently Elected Presidents in Latin America” (Nov. 28, 2018).

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