REDE is an alliance of law firms specialized in criminal law, located in Portugal, Spain, Brazil and other Latin American countries, that have in common the practice of criminal law with technical excellence and high ethics.
In today’s globalized society, marked by the complexity resulting from economic and cultural integration on the one hand, and by instability inherent to the speed of technological advancement on the other, criminal law has repeatedly been used as a primary instrument for social control, accomplishing a merely symbolic function of social stabilization.
Against this backdrop, the increasing complexity of criminal practices, associated with demands for greater efficiency of the penal system, from a merely temporal standpoint, imposes new challenges on the practice of criminal law. Besides technical knowledge, ethics and dynamism have become fundamental elements for the effective exercise of defense, along with a strategy oriented to negotiations that guide the reality of justice in penal matters.
In response to this reality, the project for REDE has the aim of fostering the integration and exchange of experiences among law firms specialized in criminal law; enabling cooperation among the member firms for the purpose of increasing he celerity and efficacy of efforts and services in favor of clients; bringing together the member firms to allow referral of clients in cases of conflicts of interest or impossibility of engagement; strengthening defense through respect for the prerogatives of the legal profession and the fundamental principles, rights and guarantees that underpin the democratic and social state under the law, as established in the Brazilian Constitution and international treaties protecting human rights; and providing a venue for reflection and dialog about themes of common interest and questions inherent to the contemporary juridical and social scenario, such as the prerogatives of criminal lawyers, compliance, vilification of the legal profession, parameters of ethics and minimum quality of criminal legal services, and limits to the actions of lawyers in plea bargains, leniency agreements and other forms of cooperation in criminal matters, as well as to strengthen ties and engage in dialog and exchange of experiences among all the members.
ANDRÉ MAYA ADVOCACIA & COMPLIANCE
President of Honor