The International Academy of Jurisprudence and Comparative Law is a center for education and research on jurisprudence and comparative law. It was founded on August 26th, 1980 in Rio de Janeiro, where it is based until today.[1] [2]

The creation of the Academy is credited to the “constructive idealism” of Custódio de Azevedo Bouças, a jurist-poet who also founded other institutions, such as the Brazilian Academy of Legal Letters and the National Academy of Labor Law, in addition to actively participating in several other institutions , such as the Brazilian Lawyers Institute and the Luso-Brazilian Institute of Comparative Law.[3]. He was elected the first effective president of the International Academy, along with two honorary presidents; Afonso Arinos de Melo Franco and Haroldo Valladão, masters of constitutional law and private international law, respectively [4] [1]

According to Professor Paulino Jacques, “The choice of the name of the new entity of Legal Culture – INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF JURISPRUDENCE AND COMPARED LAW – was happy because it indicates, from the outset, its high purposes of research and study of the Science of Law, at the international level , aiming at bringing civilized peoples closer together, through their legal systems. ”[5] [1] Since its creation, it has held several lectures, meetings, studies and conferences, always seeking to improve the law, justice and the judiciary through a vision comparatist. With its own headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, at Rua do Acre, nº 55, 6th floor, it has an auditorium, library, and meeting room, with notable jurists from Brazil and abroad among its members. It is currently chaired by Dr. Catarina Dionísio. The Academy’s great benefactors are Paulino Jacques and Arthur Machado Paupério. [1] Paulino Jacques occupied chair number 3, which is sponsored by São Tomás de Aquino. The chair today is held by André Ricardo Cruz Fontes [6]. The current holder of chair number 5, whose patron is Georges Renard, is Marcelo Piragibe Magalhães, who succeeded Arthur Machado Paupério. [7] It was recently characterized as “grandiose and prestigious”, where “luminaries of the legal culture of our country have already passed and which today is enlivened by notable jurists, thus giving continuity to the work started by its founders in the study of Law and in research scientific knowledge of national and foreign Legal Doctrine, thus worshiping the values ​​and principles of our legal system, which supports our Democratic and Social Rule of Law. ”[8]