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The V Empirical Legal Studies Meeting (V EPED), organized by the Brazilian Network of Empirical Legal Research (REED) and by the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), which took place between August, 19th and 21st, 2015, brought together researchers and professors from all parts of Brazil and abroad in the Escola Judicial do TRT (Labor Court Law school) of Rio de Janeiro/RJ.

In synchrony with previous editions of EPED, the fifth edition of the Meeting explored a variety of approaches and methods by which it’s possible to do empirical legal researchs, and had the theme “Empirical Research: setting an investigation agenda”. Therewith, the Meeting brought together papers and posters that, in different ways, thought about the expansion and possibilities of uses of empirical methods, its effects, limits and challenges.

Besides the thematic working groups, an innovation of this EPED, conferences with Professor Alvaro Pires (University of Ottawa), Professor Bryant Garth (University of California-Irvine) and Professor Mariana Valverde (University of Toronto), were held. There were also thematic panels organized by UFF, UFRJ and FGV-Rio.

The V EPED had the support of Secretaria de Assuntos Legislativos do Ministérios da Justiça (SAL-MJ), Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (IPEA), Fundação Carlos Chagas Filho de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ), Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES) and Escola de Direito do Rio de Janeiro da Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV-Rio), as well as the essencial support from the Escola Judicial and it staff.

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