Gilmar Ferreira Mendes is a Brazilian Justice of the Supremo Tribunal Federal, appointed by then President Fernando Henrique Cardoso in 2002. Mendes was also the Chief Justice for the 2008–2010 term and the Attorney General from 2000 to 2002. He has been criticised by legal scholars and journalists for the supposedly opportunistic political motivations of his rulings, and mocked for his alleged penchant for freeing powerful politicians suspected of corruption. In 2009, fellow Justice Joaquim Barbosa confronted him during a televised session of the Court, comparing him to a local criminal leader who commanded "thugs". He defends himself from criticism by arguing that he is a guardian of the rule of law and has always denied any wrongdoings.
|Born:||December 30, 1955, Diamantino, Mato Grosso, Brazil|
|Alma mater:||University of Brasília, University of Münster|
|Preceded by:||Néri da Silveira|
|Twitter:||Gilmar Mendes's Twitter profile|
About Gilmar Mendes
Brazilian lawyer, judge and teacher who became the Minister of the Supreme Federal Court in June 2002. In 2009 he was selected by Revista Época as one of the 100 most influential Brazilians of the year.
He graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Brasilia in 1978, and received his master's in 1987.
In 1998 he co-founded the Brazilian Institute of Public Law.
He married Guiomar Mendes in 2007. They have children Laura and Francisco.
Joaquim Barbosa has also served on the Supreme Court of Brazil.
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