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Master of Laws




Randal Graham


Brazil’s toll-highway system is among the most extensive tolling systems on the planet. This extensive toll-highway system affects millions of Brazilians, particularly because it is increasingly difficult for Brazilians to move between work and home without passing through a number of toll gates. Moreover, most toll roads in Brazil have been conceded from the government to private actors, and regulations governing the actions of these private actors (and the rates they charge to highway users) are sparse. This thesis will examine the nature of the highway toll industry in Brazil, the laws conceding toll roads to private actors, and the general lack of regulation of privately operated toll roads in Brazil. It will conclude that the current regulatory regime amounts to a violation of the Lawfulness principle of the Brazilian Constitution.