Right to education and universities under attack in Brazil

Brazilian constitutional democracy, like other ones, is based on a power-containment structure in its engine room that is under attack by a populist and right-wing government. In addition to the separation of powers and federalism, other institutions are also endowed with autonomy and constitutional independence as a means of containment. The present paper seeks to present, based on the Brazilian experience, in regional dialogue, some of these trenches created by the Constituent Assembly, such as academic freedoms and university autonomy. In addition, the distorted use of discretion in administrative law is also explored, whether concerning budget allocation or the appointment of university rectors, allowing the subversion of the constitutional guarantee of free and scientific education, through an ideological and authoritarian domain project. Academic freedoms and university autonomy, in this scenario, function as guarantees of the right to emancipatory and empowering education.