FGV launches Center for Education and Research in Innovation
Combining modern teaching methods and integrating state-of-the-art technology and its impacts in Law education are one of the missions of FGV’s Sao Paulo Law School (Direito SP). In order to reach this goal, Direito SP created the new Center for Education and Research in Innovation (CEPI) by merging the Law and Innovation Research Group (GEPI) – the school’s branch dedicated to discussing the relationship between Law and New Technologies – with the Nucleus for Teaching Methodology (NME) – a branch dedicated to faculty training, education methods, and developing teaching strategies to make sure students meet all professional requirements of the 21st century.
CEPI will study the impacts of new technologies in Brazilian society, specifically focusing on the legal challenges arising from such transformations across different sectors, and the demand for training new professionals with legal practice, among other related topics. The Center promotes debates on law and new technologies in the curriculum of undergraduate and graduate legal courses; multiplies the impact of research carried out within the institution; and leverages public debates, legal decisions, laws and regulations related to the Law and New Technologies agenda.
According to Oscar Vilhena Vieira, Dean of Direito SP, the initiative brings together the introduction of new technologies in the everyday routine of attorneys and the need to update future professionals on the skills and methodologies required to take on the challenges that lie ahead. “This effort promotes greater cooperation within the university”, said Vieira during the ceremony.
The Center was officially opened during an event held at Direito SP on September 12. During the event, the center’s coordinators, board members and academic council presented the research tracks and education projects, and laid out CEPI’s next steps, sharing potential future research tracks and partnership deals.