On Friday, 29 April, William Douglas, the judge of the federal court of Brazil, visited the museum of the Supreme Court and the Palace of Justice. In the visitors’ book he wrote words of appreciation for contribution of Latvian judges to establishment and restoration of the Republic of Latvia.

William Douglas has worked as a federal judge in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and he has been the lecturer at the university and the author of 35 books.  These are not only legal books, but also bestsellers, which have been popular in Brazil. The latest one, written in cooperation with the financier Rubens Teixeira, the analyst of the Central Bank of Brazil, called “25 biblical laws to success”, is published in four languages, also in Latvian language. The author came to Latvia to participate in book presentation events.  

Being asked, whether it is not unusual that the judge publishes non-legal books, William Douglas acknowledges that it is rare case in Brazil as well. However, the author explains that this book also tells about laws; however, those are not official state laws, but laws of nature, and the most common is known as sowing law: “You must reap what you have sown.” In respect of use of examples from the Bible, the author points out – the Bible is not only a religious book; lessons included therein are also useful in promotion of career and success both in business and work of a judge.   

During the visit to Latvia to participate in book presentation events, William Douglas also used an opportunity to meet Dzintars Rasnacs, the Minister for Justice, and Irena Kucina, the deputy Secretary of the State in Judicial Issues, in the Ministry of Justice, and group of Members of the Parliament for cooperation with the Parliament of Brazil – in the Saeima (Parliament), and visited the University of Latvia and the museum of the Supreme Court.    

 

 

Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: 67020396, 28652211