Meet Brazil’s new Supreme Court Chief Justice

Meet Brazil's new Supreme Court Chief Justice
New Supreme Court Chief Justice Dias Toffoli

Until 2007, José Antonio Dias Toffoli led an unexceptional law career as the legal representative for the Workers’ Party and, on different occasions, a mid-tier legal advisor for its politicians. Eleven years ago, however, he rose to prominence, when then-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva named him Solicitor General. Only two years later, Mr. Dias Toffoli was appointed to the Supreme Court, at just 41 years old. His tenure on the bench can last until 2042, when he’ll reach the age limit for justices at 75 years old.

Now, at 50 years of age, he has become the court’s youngest...

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