Dear colleagues and friends,
It is with immense pride and great responsibility that I have accepted the role of General Reporter for the XXV Congress of the UIHJ, which will be held from May 8 to 10, 2024 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Not only is it the XXV Congress of the UIHJ, which has just celebrated its 70th anniversary, but it is also the very first congress organized in Latin America.
As General Reporter, I have been tasked by the bureau to prepare and organize the congress in collaboration with FENASSOJAF, and to bring a personal touch to it to evolve it in a constantly changing world.
In this regard, I proposed the creation of a competition for students and PHD candidates, in partnership with various universities, to introduce our profession not only to the academic world but also to young people, who represent the future. It is essential to show them the richness, diversity, and importance of the profession of judicial officer.
As for the theme of the congress, “The Judicial Officer: The Trusted Third Party”, I wished to return to the foundations of our profession. What makes us who we are, why are we important to the functioning of a rule of law? It is only if we have solid foundations that we can not only retain the skills entrusted to us, but also extend our skills to areas where the trusted third party is necessary, such as mediation or statement of facts.
This foundation of our profession will also allow us to convince you at this congress of our place in the new digital world. This new world is not the future but its already the present! As a trusted third party and independent actor of justice, the judicial officer plays a crucial role in securing this new world of blockchain and the Metaverse, just as it has been doing for centuries in the real world.
Finally, we will also offer you an unforgettable cultural and social experience. Rio de Janeiro is known for its beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, its 38-meter tall Christ the Redeemer statue located at the top of Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountain, a granite peak accessible via 2 cable cars. The city is also known for its sprawling favelas. The famous Rio Carnival, with parades of floats, flamboyant costumes, and samba dancers, is considered one of the biggest in the world. The leisure possibilities are literally breathtaking, which you can discover before or after the congress. During the welcome reception and gala dinner, you will already be able to taste the real Brazilian culture!
We will need you at the congress! Yes, all of you! We want to make you, the participants, major actors to make this congress a success that we all hope for! We are convinced that it will be a strong meeting between judicial officers from all over the world, welcomed in a country and that is eager to receive us with warmth and kindness.
See you in May 2024 in Rio de Janeiro!