Center for Applied Legal Research

The center for Applied Legal Research aims to promote studies and research focusing on the consistency and effectiveness of legal institutions and doctrines. The Center focuses on the issues relating to the use and operation of the legislation and the resources of authority available in the Brazilian system.
The Center aims to produce consistent data on the quantitative examination of the performance of agencies and institutions of the rule of law, the qualitative analysis of decisions and opinions, and other appropriate forms of diagnosing the social reality. It also provides creative criticism for institutional reform.
In the first phase, the priority areas of the Center are (1) criminal procedural law, (2) property, (3) environmental legislation and (4) access to justice. Permanent deliverables include the indexes of trust in the justice system, respect for the law, effectiveness of criminal findings and access to property and justice. The proceeds of the Center’s research must be innovative and creative legal thinking, meaning production and dissemination of concepts, interpretations and proposals able to change the doctrines, institutions and legislation where necessary, providing Direito GV with a qualified stance in the national debate. No legal production would be appropriate if the culture and doctrine that underpin and maintain the activities of lawyers and governments did not provide actual data and reasons for the execution or reform of the laws of a democratic order.
The research studies focus on the relationship between the social development sought and the effective performance of the legal system, assuming that in a democratic environment society must raise both a sense of autonomy from the state and the widespread respect for fair and unbiased laws. Development is understood as a social process in which not only economic weaknesses are redressed, but especially social inequalities to be widely discussed and thought at a legal and political level.


José Reinaldo de Lima Lopes

Luciana Gross Cunha
Ligia Paula Pires Pinto Sica
Nelson Novaes Pedroso Jr.
Thiago dos Santos Acca
Denise Dora
Ada Pellegrini Grinover
Kazuo Watanabe
Maria Tereza Sadek
Heloisa Stellita
Carolina Cutrupi
Fernanda Emy Matsuda
Laura Coutinho
Luciana Ramos
Fabiana Luci de Oliveira
Rodrigo de Losso
Joelson Sampaio
Yuri Klink


The Index of Trust in the Brazilian Justice System – ICJBrasil — is a statistical summary of a qualitative nature carried out in seven Brazilian states based on a representative sample of the population. It is intended to monitor systematically the feeling of the population concerning the Brazilian justice system.
Portraying the trust of citizens in an institution means figuring out whether the citizens believe that this institution fulfills its function with quality in a cost-efficient fashion, and whether this institution is taken into account in the daily routine of ordinary citizens. Accordingly, the ICJBrasil comprises two sub-indexes: (i) a sub-index of perception, which measures the population’s opinion on the justice system and how it provides the public service; and (ii) a sub-index of behavior by which we seek to discover whether the population uses the justice system to solve certain disputes.

Coordinated by Prof. Luciana Gross Cunha, the ICJBrasil publishes the reports drawn up by DIREITO SP on a quarterly basis.



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