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Executive Summary

This report expands and updates the Brazilian Legal Research Guide available on the website of the Law Library of Congress.  The purpose of the Guide is to provide a general understanding of the Brazilian legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government as defined by the Constitution and federal laws.

The report is divided into three parts.  The first part discusses the legislative branch, the second part explains the executive branch, and the third updates the existing material on the judicial branch.

Additional material will later be included covering nomenclature, hierarchy, and definition of legal terms in general; legal definitions of terms used in administrative law; administrative responsibility; codification and consolidation of laws; sources of publication; legislation, doctrine, and jurisprudence; civil, criminal, and procedural laws; and official sources of law (e.g., official gazettes; codes, consolidations, and random laws; jurisprudence; and scholars). 

The report also includes a list with corresponding links to codes and the most relevant laws currently in force in Brazil, as well as other Internet sources containing legal information, including government websites.

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Last Updated: 03/07/2014