Much like the culture of Brazil, the South American nation’s legal system is also a mosaic of various legal traditions. People in Brazil come from a wide variety of backgrounds that are rooted in the country’s history. Some Brazilians are descended from West African ethnic groups such as the Yoruba who were taken to Brazil as slaves during the Transatlantic slave trade. Other Brazilians are descended from people who were originally from Japan or from the Portuguese who created the colony that would become modern day Brazil. Brazil’s legal system is no different.
The system of law that exists in Brazil today was influenced by various legal traditions. Some of these legal traditions include the civil law system which finds its origins in legal traditions that date back to the Roman Empire. Civil law is drawn from concepts that the Romans used to run their judicial and legal systems. Other legal traditions that have shaped present day Brazilian law include Napoleonic Code and a system that is known as Germanic Law. The Napoleonic Code is derived from France and was established during the rule of the French emperor Napoleon I. Brazilian law is also influenced by the Portuguese legal system due to the role that the Portuguese played in Brazil’s history.
The Brazilian legal system is complicated and difficult to master but even so Brazilian attorney Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho has managed to become one of the leading experts in the practice of Brazilian law. Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho is a senior partner at the law firm Leite, Tosto and Barros Advogados Associados which is based in the Brazilian city of Sao Paolo. His work at Leite, Tosto and Barros Advogados Associados has often led him to offer legal advice to international corporations that are doing business in Brazil.
One of the areas of expertise that Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho has developed is in the area of international law. International law is in demand because more companies are doing business in countries outside of the one that they originally incorporated in. Each country has its own system for governing the activities of a business and corporations often need the services of skilled local attorneys like Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho to guide them on their journey to complying with laws that might be completely new to them. In addition to working on international law issues Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho is also a member of many illustrious Brazilian legal organizations. For example he is an administrator with the Brazilian Institute for Political Party and Election Law Studies and a board member at the Center for Attorney Partnerships.