Research

In DIREITO SP, Law and Development represents a field of legal research concerned with the dogmatic, theoretical and historical study of the relations between the legal rules and legal institutions and the development of a country, especially Brazil. On the one hand, it is understood that legal institutions are neither exhausted in texts concerned with positive law, nor at the State level, involving, in fact, a myriad of legal rule sources. Beyond the legal rules in the strict sense, there are both state and non-state decision-making mechanisms (the judicial branch, law enforcement authorities, the central bank, regulatory agencies, international organizations, private dispute settlement authorities, public and private governance mechanisms etc.) that are also part of the legal and institutional field, and should be studied especially in the current context of globalization. On the other hand, development must be taken in its broadest sense to include not only the analysis of economic growth itself, but also various social and political issues involved in the discussion, namely the development as a broad concept.

Private Law and Public Policy
 
Applied Tax Law and Development
Applied Business Law and Development
Justice and Constitution Center
The Justice and Constitution Study Center conducts research and studies that DIREITO SP develops within the research area “Institutions of the Democratic Rule of Law” and “Social and Political Development.”  
Center for Law, Economics and Governance
The Center for Law, Economics and Governance conducts research, discussions and puts forward proposals concerning the institutional environment of business activities. Institutional environments consist of a set of institutions, rules, policies and organizations that make up the market architecture.
Center for Research on Markets and Investments
Global Law and Development Study Center
The Global Law and Development Study Center is designed to promote: (I) the scientific study of various aspects of regulation of international affairs; (Ii) expansion of the public debate around this regulation. It draws on the growing importance of this study and this debate for Brazil, especially its relationship with development.
Center of Fiscal Studies
The Fiscal Studies Center studies primarily those issues related to taxation and development in an interdisciplinary and empirical fashion. This is a public space for reflection, working in practice with the discussion and promotion of public policies of national interest.
Crime and Punishment Study Center
The purpose of this group is to study the performance of the criminal justice system in contemporary society and, particularly, in the current Brazilian society. The approach proposed here consists of three levels of analysis: the internal configuration of the criminal court system; the relationship of the criminal court system with other areas of law; the relationship between social movements and processes of juridification.
Teaching Methodology Center
Designed with the mission of training professionals capable of solving complex problems with a refined critical sense, DIREITO SP has adopted, since its inception, paradigms of teaching not used in other law schools in Brazil, at least not on a institutional scale. To carry out this proposal, it was necessary to rethink all aspects involved in the education of student in order to promote an academic experience consistent with the goals of our school. At the beginning, that was a tough challenge, as national references were scarce.

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