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Etiene Martins


Etiene Martins is a federal judge in Brazil. Prior to his judicial appointment in 2014, he served as a police officer in Rio de Janeiro for 16 years. As a judge, he has presided over civil and criminal cases that have covered various facets of law, including free speech, civil rights, and political corruption. He has also promoted criminal justice reform while training judges and court staff on sentencing topics at the Judicial College and advancing restorative justice programs in Brazilian federal courts. Etiene’s connections with Rio de Janeiro’s Police Department have allowed him to introduce conflict resolution strategies into the Police Academy curriculum. His conflict resolution initiatives have helped police officers act as peacebuilders and bridge the gap between police and communities. He holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School. He has been a judicial fellow at the U.S. Federal Judicial Center and a senior fellow at the Weinstein International Foundation. Etiene’s key leadership strengths are self-awareness, passion for serving others, and Christian-based values. The belief in a just, democratic, and peaceful Brazil is the foundation of his work in the judiciary and police.