André Gomma de Azevedo
Defining public value dimensions in the judiciary
Judge Gomma has been sitting as a State and Electoral judge in Brazil since 2002 and has spent his career focused on addressing the causes of public satisfaction (or lack thereof) with the administration of justice. He has contributed to the Mediation Act and five resolutions enacted by the National Council of Justice – the managing body in charge of best practices and directives for Brazilian Courts. In addition to sitting for ten years as a member of the steering committee on Court Mediation and Conciliation, Judge Gomma has also been an auxiliary judge for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Judge Gomma is the main author and organizer of the [Brazilian] Handbook of Court Mediation (HCM), a book published by the Ministry of Justice, the National Council of Justice, by state courts and by the Brazilian Bar Association. The HCM is directed towards bringing uniformity to the way Court Mediation is conducted in Brazil and currently is in its 7th edition.
Judge Gomma has served as an adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University where he has taught courses on Mediation: Theory and Practice and at the University of Brasilia where he has taught courses on Negotiation and Dispute Resolution. He has also conducted or supervised training seminars and lectures to over 4000 Brazilian judges and also to judges and court administrators from Argentina, France, Russia, India, and China.
His areas of interest lie in the nexus of public value and strategic management for court innovation.
Judge Gomma received an LL.D. and LL.B. from the University of Brasília, his MC/MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and his LL.M. from Columbia Law School.