Join LASA2024 in Bogotá or virtual! Registration deadline: March 10

Brazilian authorities are violating constitutional norms and jeopardizing academic freedom

January 24, 2018

The world’s largest association of academics engaged in research on Latin America points out that Brazilian police and judicial forces are taking inappropriate action against public universities, ignoring due process and violating university autonomy.

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) expresses its profound concern over the actions carried out by police and judicial forces against Brazilian public universities which ignore due process and violate multiple constitutional norms, including the guarantee of autonomy for Brazilian universities, based on Article 207 of the Constitution.


About LASA

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 13,000 members, over 60% of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. LASA's mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.

If you wish to interview a LASA Executive Council member, you can contact the LASA communications office at (412) 648-7929 or send an email to