Brazilian alumni in Sao Paolo launched the Chevening Legal and Human Rights Network on 2 May 2016. The network is the vision of alumnus Eduardo Paranhos, Senior Legal Director of HP, who studied Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) through a Chevening Scholarship 15 years ago. It aims to bring together Chevening Alumni in the fields of law and human rights to collaborate with each other.

The launch event brought together 60 members of the Sao Paulo legal community, including 30 Chevening alumni, for a debate focused on the Brazilian anticorruption scenario and investment outlook from both a local and UK perspective.

Senior individuals in the legal community, including the federal prosecutor, debated anticorruption measures from a corporate and public sector perspective. In-depth discussion highlighted the importance of compliance, the rule of law as the fuel to better business and the challenges facing Brazil today.

Taking place just 10 days before Prime Minister David Cameron’s anticorruption summit in London, the debate took on even more significance. The topic was so relevant and an ideal mix of presenters, that many attendees at the end asked for more events about anticorruption before moving on to other themes.

Guest of honour, The Lord Mayor of London, officially launched the new network. The Chevening Officer for Brazil, Caroline Macdonald, who was also at the event said: ‘The high-level debate on corruption and business in Monday’s event gave us the certainty that we were in the presence of leaders in this area. It is a privilege to contribute to the professional development of a country that, for us, is a priority.’

Speaking to alumni after the event, organiser Eduardo Paranhos noted:

‘…it was a valuable opportunity for (all), not only in terms of knowledge sharing, but also to meet new people and make connections… I count on you to keep up the level of engagement with the Legal and Human Rights alumni network.’

To find out more about the Chevening Legal and Human Rights Network, contact Eduardo.

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