Sérgio Moro and Aldo Della Rosa

Federal Judge Sérgio Moro e Aldo Della Rosa

Sérgio Fernando Moro (Maringá, August 1, 1972) is a Brazilian magistrate, writer and university professor. He is federal judge of the 13th Federal Criminal Court of Curitiba and was professor of criminal procedural law at the Federal University of Paraná. Graduated in Law from the State University of Maringá in 1995, he obtained a master’s and doctorate degree from the Federal University of Paraná. He specialized in financial crimes and became a federal judge in 1996. In this role, he worked on cases such as the Banestado scandal, Operation Colony Lighthouse and assisted Minister Rosa Weber during the trial of the Mensalão scandal.

Moro has gained enormous national and international notoriety for commanding, since March 2014, the trial in the first instance of the crimes identified in Operation Lava Jato which, according to the Federal Public Ministry, is the largest case of corruption and money laundering ever detected in Brazil, involving a large number of politicians, contractors and companies.


In 2014, the Association of Federal Judges of Brazil indicated Moro for the vacancy left by Joaquim Barbosa at STF. However, in 2015, Edson Fachin filled the vacancy. In 2014, the magazine Isto É chose the “Brazilian of the Year”, and the Época, one of the hundred most influential in Brazil. In the twelfth edition of the O Globo newspaper’s Dif Difference Award, he was elected Personality of the Year of 2014 for his work on Lava Jato investigations.

In 2015, the Labor Court of Paraíba awarded him with the Medal of Honor of Merit, granted to jurists who stand out in Labor Law or who provided relevant services to the Labor Court. In the same year the Regional Labor Court of Paraná granted him the Order of Araucarias and the Order of Civic Merit, granted by the National Defense League, but refused the Medal of Legislative Merit offered by the Chamber of Deputies in Brasilia, alleging that would feel comfortable since some federal lawmakers had been denounced in the Lava Jato.

In 2016, he was the main character in the anti-government protests that took place on March 13. In the same month, Fortune ranked it the 13th largest in the world. The list had fifty names and Moro was the only Brazilian. In April 2016, Time magazine considered him one of the hundred most influential people in the world, being the only Brazilian on the list. In September 2016 Bloomberg ranked him the 10th most influential leader in the world.

In June 2016, the Brazilian Masonic Confederation conferred on him the Commendation in the Degree of Grand Cross. In August, the Brazilian Army awarded it its highest honor, the Peacemaker Medal, in recognition of “relevant services rendered to the country.” In December the magazine Isto É chose one of the Brazilians of the Year, in the category of Justice.

In March 2017, the Military Justice of the Union, during the commemoration of its 209 years, decorated it with the commendation of the Military Judiciary Order of Merit. In April, he received the Order of Military Merit at a commemorative ceremony for Army Day. In October 2017, he was awarded by the University of Notre Dame for exemplary dedication to the ideals for which the University values ​​since 1992, according to the American institution itself.


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