Center for Education and Research on Innovation (CEPI)

The foundation of the Center for Education and Research in Innovation is the result of 10 years of experience in education and research at FGV São Paulo Law School. It marks the merger of Grupo de Ensino e Pesquisa em Inovação (GEPI), focused on the debate and research on Law and technology, with Núcleo de Metodologia de Ensino (NME), which was responsible for teaching training, teaching methodology, and the development of teaching strategies in order to capacitate students for contemporary professional demands.

Our activities promote the following goals: (i) the expansion of debates on Law and new technologies in course curriculums and in undergraduate and graduate law programs; (ii) the production of impact generating research within FGV São Paulo Law School; and (iii) the increase of high quality information for public debates, legal rulings, and lawmaking on the issues of Law and new technologies.

Email: cepi.direitosp@fgv.br

Academia.edu: @CEPIFGVDireitoSP

Facebook: @direitospcepi

LinkedIn: @cepi-fgv-direito-sp

Twitter: @CEPI_FGV

Research Area

  • LAW, EDUCATION, AND INNOVATION

    Based on the understanding that the incorporation of technology to legal services will profoundly change carreers in legal professions, this research agenda seeks to observe and analyze this process of transformation in legal professions and organizations. By tracking which new skills are being demanded for legal activities, we seek to propose curriculum reforms in Law programs in order to better capacitate students the future.

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    RESEARCH PROJECTS
     

    Digital Human Rights
    2019 – Current

    The project provides information on Digital Human Rights for educators in Brazilian Middle Schools and High Schools through online courses. Its main objective is to raise awareness and engagement among teachers and students on the issues related to digital rights and conscious use of the Internet.

    Incita Project
    2018 – Current

    Incita Project represents CEPI's current initiatives on innovative education based on principles of experiential learning, team-based learning, and project-based learning to develop professionals ready for the future of practice in Law. We aim to develop leadership capabilities in order to stimulate positive social change in a collaborative way based on seven principles: creativity, communication, cooperation, critical thinking, self-awareness, digital culture, and citizenship.

    Bootcamp: Law and Programming
    2018

    The first edition of Bootcamp: Law and Programming was a two-week-long immersion lead by CEPI in partnership with Looplex Academy. During the project, FGV São Paulo Law School students and guest students from other institutions had introductory classes on legal engineering and architecture, working on skills such as logical structuring of legal documents, basic programming, and teamwork.

    Laboratory for Technology Startup Companies (LENT)
    2013 – 2016

    The Laboratory for Technology Startup Companies is a credit-earning extension activity focused on bridging FGV São Paulo Law School undergraduate students with Brazilian technology startup companies in early stages of development. It allows students to learn about the legal challenges faced by startups in Brazil, as well as the potential legal issues caused by the introduction of new technologies in our economy and society. Examples of discussed issues are: social impact businesses, angel investors and crowdfunding, as well as digital currencies.

    Labtech: Legal Education and Automation
    2017 – 2018

    The project's main goal is to promote networking between students and businesses in the growing market of lawtechs. It also fosters research on the impacts of these businesses on the economy and on legal education, training students in development of automation tools for legal documents.

    Technology, Education, and Legal Professions
    2017 – 2018

    Within the context of disruptive change in legal professions set by automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, the project seeks to understand the role of heads of innovation in law firms. By assessing case studies, our goal is to map their profiles, activities, challenges and opportunities in their careers, expected skills and competencies, their importance in the legal practice ecosystem, and how this emerging figure stimulates changes in legal education.

  • LEGAL EDUCATION

    This research agenda has three main goals: (i) to observe and analyze legal education in Brazil, specially the sector’s public policy and regulation; (ii) to explore and develop new methods for legal education using principles of participatory education methods; (iii) to explore and develop new curriculum designs for legal courses based on principles of participatory education.

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    RESEARCH PROJECTS
     

    Methods for Legal Education
    2005 – Current

    The main goals of this research are the following: 1) identification and collection of methods, strategies, and techniques of participatory learning in order to develop tools for legal education. 2) Analysis of methods, techniques, and strategies in order to observe how they improve understanding of learning subjects. 3) When necessary, adaptation of techniques foreign to traditional Brazilian legal education methods. 4) Development of new learning dynamics based on legal studies and similar didactics.

    Brazilian Legal Education
    2012 – 2016

    This project's main goal is to analyse the current Brazilian legal education system with the following objects: the regulatory context, the profile of learning institutions, the profile of professors and students, and the programs of Law school courses, including their learning methodology. In order to make these observations, we perform quantitative research based on public datasets, such as those made available by INEP and IBGE, as well as qualitative research such as case studies.

    Democratic Legal Education
    2013 – Current

    The Democratic Legal Education project aims to teach students from middle school and high school about Law and their rights as citizens. Other targeted audiences are professionals in other areas, citizens, and their communities. In order to do so, we develop a series of activities and materials such as booklets and workshops in schools.

  • LAW, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY

    The creation of new technologies is radically transforming contemporary society as we know it. The relationship between people and the interaction of people with technological devices are constantly changing and creating new, complex legal issues that demand solutions. This research agenda explores changes in Law caused by technological innovation, especially its impacts on fundamental rights, on traditional legal norms, and on the activities of legal professionals.

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    RESEARCH PROJECTS

    Data Protection Compliance
    2019 - Current

    The project studies current practices of data processing by Fundação Getulio Vargas in its administrative functions, technical consulting, learning, and research activities in order to develop and implement a compliance program for the new Brazilian General Data Protection Law and the European General Data Protection Regulation.

    Legal Concepts of Hate Speech
    2017 – Current

    Given the increasing use of the term “hate speech” on legal and casual contexts, it is pressing to better understand its meaning and application. As the expression gains popularity among legal professionals, its content and the consequences of its application in cases are less precise. This research project’s main goal is to develop a descriptive matrix that maps the rationale of legal decisions on sampled cases, establishing clear criteria for the analysis of judicial action that encompasses human rights and freedom of speech online.

    E-Commerce, Consumer Law and Data Protection: matchmakers’ responsibilities for personalization of offerings in digital platforms
    2018 – Current

    This research project aims to improve public debate on the civil liability of online intermediary platforms for the personalization of goods and services offerings. It focuses mainly on Brazilian sectorial law, such as Consumer Law and the General Data Protection Law.
    In order to provide a comprehensive picture of the issue, it proposes to: (i) gauge the international literature on the subject; (ii) map out international regulation in order to draw out regulation standards; and (iii) analyze Brazilian literature and regulation to propose regulation that meets Brazilian legislation standards and international institutional experience.


    2018 Elections, Fake News, and the Courts: disinformation during the Brazilian Elections
    2018 – Current

    With the goal of launching a dataset of Brazilian court rulings on disinformation, fake news, and "facts known to be untrue" for online content, the research is oriented by the following questions:
    (i) How is the fake news issue treated in courts and what are the main legal arguments used in rulings on online disinformation during the 2018 Brazilian elections? Secondly, (ii) which variables explain the volume of cases and the results of lawsuits that dispute online content based on fake news, disinformation, and knowingly untrue facts allegations?

    Legal Innovation Heads – Opportunities and challenges for professionals in the future of legal practice
    2019 – Current

    Following the results of past projects on technology, professions, and legal education, this research project aims to better understand the role of innovation leaders in legal firms and legal departments.
    By observing empirical data on the digital transformation of these areas and the people spearheading these processes, the research seeks to answer the following questions: (i) what are the main opportunities and challenges for innovation heads in the legal field? (ii) what skills and competencies are most important for this position? And (iii) what role are innovation heads playing in the legal ecosystem and how can legal education keep up and assist with the development of these professionals?

    Dissonant Voices
    2018 – Current

    The research project aims to understand how videosharing platforms, such as YouTube, enable vunerable groups to speak up and actively participate on the online conversation.
    In order to do so, we will observe how sociocultural transformations and the architecture of these platforms enhance the freedom of speech of these groups while simultaneously facing the issues of hate speech and incitement against minorities.
    The research includes a literature review and case studies based on content of YouTube channels, semi-structured interviews with content producers, and surveys from Internet users.

    Legal Aspects of Innovation
    Current

    This field of study focuses on empirically discussing the main legal aspects of innovation regarding opportunities and challenges for traditional law firms and legal startups. In particular, we seek to understand issues related to the regulation of innovation and technology, such as protection of innovation, contractual and financing issues of startups, intellectual property, Fashion Law, and so forth.

    Privacy and Data Protection
    Current

    This research agenda is focused on debating key concepts of privacy and data protection in the information society, such as: international and national legal parameters and the implementation of public policy, the impact of new technologies on privacy, as well as issues related to the right to be forgotten, freedom of speech, and access to information.

    Cryptografy and Law: A comparative perspective
    2017 – 2019

    In recent years, several cases of judicial orders to takedown WhatsApp's services in Brazil raised questions on cryptography standards and the possibility of backdoor access for public authorities.
    With these issues in mind, this research project provides more information on the international debate on cryptography and access to encrypted data by public authorities. By developing case studies for several countries in a Wiki-style platform, we aim to identify regulatory models and tendencies for cryptography standards around the globe.

    Transparency of Judicial Data Index – ITDJur
    2017 – 2018

    The project intersects Law and big data, applying quantitative methods to assess the transparency of the Justice system data, specifically Federal Regional Courts (FRC, or Tribunais Regionais Federais in Portuguese). We aim to verify if information that should be lawfully available at courts' websites is in fact present, specially machine-readable data.
    A multidisciplinary council of experts established the foundations for a transparency index. Based on these standards, automated systems analyzed FRCs' websites looking for available information. The existence of data, ease of access, and need for restructuring of data impact on the index score for each individual FRC.

    Digital Democracy Room – Bots, contente boosting, and elections
    2018 – 2019

    The project in partnership with FGV DAPP tackles issues of electoral law and digital content during the 2018 elections. The main goals are to evaluate the framing of social bots within the current electoral law, as well as to better understand issues of fake news and content boosting for political ads.

    A Brave New Data-Driven World
    2016 – 2019

    The project narrates contemporary scenarios where the large-scale usage of data by key economic sectors sheds light on opportunities and challenges for data protection in each of them. These scenarios are being built based on case studies on digital health, urban mobility and smart cities, and digital agriculture.

    YouTube, entrepreneurship, and copyright law
    2017 – 2018

    The main research goals for this project were: (i) to describe and analyze why online content producers found success despite of producing seemingly unpopular content in traditional Brazilian media, such as content for LGBTQ+ audiences and gender discussions; (ii) to understand the relationship between artists and online sharing platforms; and (iii) to evaluate compatibilities between the normative system of copyright law and the new ways of producing culture, identifying important issues for a redesign of the current copyright law in Brazil.

    Digital Democracy and Online Content Takedown during the 2014 Elections
    2014 – 2015

    This research project consisted of mapping, describing, and analyzing the Electoral Courts' performance on lawsuits disputing the takedown of online digital content during the 2014 Brazilian elections.

Year of foundation: 2018

Academic Coordination:
Profa. Marina Feferbaum
Prof. Alexandre Pacheco da Silva

Academic Counselling Board:
Profa. Adriana Ancona de Faria
Prof. Caio Mário da Silva Pereira Neto
Prof. Emerson Ribeiro Fabiani
Profa. Heloísa Estellita
Prof. José Garcez Ghirardi
Prof. Rodrigo Menezes
Prof. Rodrigo Vieira

Research Supervisor:
Prof. Victor Nóbrega Luccas

Project Management:
Ana Paula Camelo
Guilherme Forma Klafke

Researchers:
Ana Carolina Rodrigues Dias Silveira
Ana Paula Camelo
Clio Nudel Radomysler
Fábio Ferraz de Almeida
Fabrício Vasconcelos Gomes
Fernando Issao Ninomiya
Guilherme Forma Klafke
João Pedro Favoretto Salvador
Jordan Vinícius de Oliveira
Luiz Fernando Antonelli Galati
Maria Cecília Oliveira Gomes
Marília Papaléo Gagliardi
Rodrigo Moura Karolczak
Stephane Hilda Barbosa Lima
Tatiane B. Guimarães
Thais Duarte Zappelini
Victor Doering Xavier da Silveira
Victor Varcelly Medeiros Farias

Collaborators:
Mariana Chaimovich

Fernanda Tie K. Yamamoto

Interns:
Ana Luiza Vidotti
Bruno Bicego
Laurianne-Marie Schippers

Associated Professors:
Heloisa Estellita
Mônica Steffen Guise Rosina
Wanderley Fernandes

Partners and Research Networks:
AASP
Anjos do Brasil
Buscapé
Cursinho Transformação
FGV DAPP
Facebook
Finch
Fundação Cásper Líbero
Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC)
Google
IDEC
Instituto Alana
Instituto Inspirare
Laboratório de Formação em Direitos Humanos e Teoria do Estado da USP
Looplex
Núcleo de Informação e Coordenação do Ponto BR - NIC.br / Comitê Gestor da Internet no Brasil - CGI.br
Pé-na-Escola
Potencia Ventures
Procon Paulistano

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