Dialogues between the Brazilian Supreme Court and the Inter-American System of Human Rights

The article aims to examine if the Brazilian Supreme Court (“Court”) dialogues with other domestic and international courts in its human rights case law, in general, and with the Inter-American System of Human Rights, particularly. It seeks to assess whether the Brazilian Court operates in a kind of “network environment”, in dialogue and interaction with other constitutional, supreme and international courts, or if it does not do so. With this purpose, the work starts from theoretical elaborations on models of judicial behavior related to the operation with foreign precedents and, based on such models, develops an empirical study that analyses: (i) which are the main foreign or international courts whose precedents are referenced by the Court; (ii) what is the weight that the inter-American precedents have in the Court’s decision-making process and how to improve it.