Date: 21/11/2006
The table was composed by the following participants:

Júlio Assis Simões – Professor of Anthropology, USP

Bia Labate – Ph.D. candidate in Social Anthropology by Unicamp / NEIP

Maria Lucia Karam – Judge (retired) and Coordinator of the Rio de  Janeiro IBCCrim – Brazilian Institute of Criminal Sciences –
“Prohibitionism and damage to fundamental rights”

The criminalization of the conduct of producers, distributors and consumers of selected, prohibited psychoactive substances and raw
materials for their production, is one of the main drivers of the current expansionist tendencies in punishment. The United Nations
conventions and domestic legislation of Member States, such as the new Brazilian law 11343/06, are marked by a systematic violation of the
principles and standards  of fundamental rights, expressed in the universal declarations of rights and in democratic constitutions.

Prof. Dr. Henrique Carneiro – History Department USP / NEIP – “How to regulate the manufacture, trade and use of drugs in a democratic way?

The policy alternatives to the prohibition of drugs should be sought in the historical origins of this policy within the international order.  This talk will raise prospects for refuting the assumptions of the prohibitionist approach as well as treating the dilemmas of possible forms of the economic regulation of the production, trade and use of drugs.

Prof. Ms Thiago Rodrigues – Professor of Policy PUC-SP/Nusol/NEIP – “Drugs and abolition of penalty”  

 The basis for sustaining prohibition policy may be identified in the the dual systems of social and moral control.  Thus, one can
affirm that the war on drugs is an effective biopolitical strategy that aligns moral and scientific discourses, strengthening the power of the state and of conservative postures in the social body. Thus, a “illegalist relfection” becomes urgent, outside the field of law, problematizing prohibition not only through reformist norms which seek to slows or resize current law.

Prof. Ms. Mauricio Fiore – Doctoral student in Psychology Unicamp /NEIP – “Public policies and psychoactive legislation: misconceptions
and alternatives to prohibition”

Starting with discussion on the two biggest misunderstandings of current prohibitionist policies in Brazil and worldwide, the
restriction of individual freedoms and hypertrophy of the criminal market, this talk will discuss the new law passed by Congress and then
seek to point to possible alternatives in addressing the issue of the consumption of psychoactive substances.