"Investing Social Capital: Exploring the Multi-Door Courthouse as a Catalyst to Maximize Latin American Dispute Resolution Systems"

In this pro-bono project, participants examined the different options to maximize the process of dispute resolution, including possible implementations of the multi-door courthouse, whose creator was Professor Frank E.A. Sander of Harvard Law School. The multi-door courthouse is an institution that routes incoming court cases to the most appropriate methods of dispute resolution. This experience could also prompt participants to consider local methods as raw material to generate new alternatives.

Participants met in a specialized virtual forum following the methodology designed for consensus building by Professor Lawrence Susskind of MIT and Harvard Law School.

The project was implemented under the direction of Professor Mariana Hernández Crespo of the University of St. Thomas School of Law, together with a team of experts, collaborators, and participants.

Read the full report on the ADR Network's former website, which is no longer maintained.


PellegriniGrinoverAda Pellegrini Grinover, National Project Representative, is a Professor of Procedural Criminal Law at the University of São Paulo. A retired State Attorney, Professor Grinover is the Chairwoman of the Brazilian Institute of Procedural Law and an academic of the Brazilian Academy of Legal Culture and of Paulista Law Academy. She has been a Council on the Bar Association of Brazil and a member of the Committees on Access to Justice as well as of Diffuse and Collective Rights. Prof. Grinover is a former Chairwoman of the Superior School of Advocacy of the Bar Association of São Paulo (OAB-SP). She has participated in and coordinated several international and national Congresses. Prof. Grinover is the author of numerous essays, published in Brazil, Europe, and Latin America. She has written or co-authored 25 books, including Liberdades Públicas e o Processo Penal: As Interceptações Telefonocas, Os Recursos no Processo Penal, and As Nulidades do Processo Penal. Prof. Grinover has been awarded the Labor Judicial Merit Order. The Brazilian Institute of Consumer’s Defense and Politics instituted the Ada Pellegrini Grinover award in 1998, for the best yearly monograph on consumer’s rights.

Kazuo Watanabe, National Project Representative, is a lawyer, professor, and retired judge of Tribunal de Justiça de São Paulo. He graduated from Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de São Paulo in 1959, holds master's and doctorate degrees in procedural law, and teaches at the post-graduate level. He is Doctor Honoris at Keio University, Tokyo-Japão. Watanabe is also founder and president of Centro Brasileiro de Estudos e Pesquisas Judiciais (CEBEPEJ) and of Instituto de Direito Comparado Brasil Japão. He has participated in many legal projects, a few of which include: federal law about small claims (lei 7.244/84); revision of procedure code (1985); and elaborations of Código de Defesa do Consumidor and of Anteprojeto da lei de Mediação Paraprocessual. He has published many legal works, including Juizado Especial de Pequenas Causas, Da Cognição no Processo Civil, Participação e Processo, Comentários ao Código de Defesa do Consumidor, and Mediação e Gerenciamento do Processo.


Tania AlmeidaTania Almeida, Facilitator for the Academic Sector, is a senior partner of MEDIARE (CeQUEquipenter of Conflict Management), where she works as a consultant, supervisor and teacher in conflict mediation and dialogue facilitation. She is also a guest professor at Getúlio Vargas Foundation Law School–RJ, where she teaches mediation and conciliation. She earned her M.D. in neuropsychiatry from Universidade Gama Filho. She has a graduate degree in sociology from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC/RJ), in psychoanalysis and family therapy from the Instituto de Terapia de Família do Rio de Janeiro, and an MBA. in business management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas. She earned her Master Latino Americano Europeu in Mediation from the Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch (Switzerland) / Universitat de Barcelona (Spain) / Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina). Almeida is a member of the Code of Ethics and Model Bylaws Writing Committee of Conselho Nacional das Instituições de Mediação e Arbitragem (CONIMA) and a member of the World Mediation Forum Board of Directors (99-00). She works as an Inter-American Development Bank Researcher on alternative dispute resolution methods. Almeida is a member of the Coordination and Control Committee of the Inter-American Development Bank's Brazilian Project for the Development of Mediation and Arbitration in Small and Medium Firms.

Vania IzzoVânia Izzo de Abreu, Facilitator for the Nonprofit Sector, is a psychologist and family therapist with extensive experience in NGOs, dealing with domestic violence and gender violence prevention. She received her graduate degree in domestic violence and child abuse prevention from the University of São Paulo. Abreu works as a therapist for the Family Therapy Institute of Rio de Janeiro, as a mediator and teacher at Mediare–Center for Conflict Management, and as a mediation and arbitration trainer for the CACB/BID/SEBRAE program, a confederation of the Chambers of Commerce and Business of Brazil (CACB), the Inter-American Development Bank (BID), and the Brazilian Association of Support to the Small and Medium Business Sector (SEBRAE). Also a community therapist, Abreu is a member of the Executive Board of the Institute of Systemic Research and Social Net Development–Noos Institute (an NGO).

Gabriela AssmarGabriela Assmar, Facilitator for the Business Sector, is a lawyer with extensive domestic and international experience in business law and several different areas of negotiation. She earned her master's degree in comparative jurisprudence (LLM) from New York University. She earned her MBA in general management from the Fundação Dom Cabral, in Minas Gerais, Brazil, and her Máster Latino Americano Europeu in Mediation from La Universidad de Buenos Aires. Assmar worked as a mediator for the Harlem Justice Center in New York City. She belongs to Mediadores en Red, a Latin American mediators' association, and the Arbitration Council of the Brazilian Bar Association.

Agenor LisotAgenor Lisot, Facilitator for the Judicial Sector, is a legal expert and mediator with extensive experience in family, labor, and business mediation. He works as an arbitrator in a Brazilian arbitral institution, and coordinates mediation training in the Legal Assistance Office of the Pantifia Universidade Católica in São Paulo. His degree is in economics. He is fluent in both Portuguese and Italian.


lilia de Morais SalesLília Maia Morais de Sales, Facilitator for the Student Sector, is a lawyer with both an LLM. and JSD. She is a law professor at the University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR) and the Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC), both in Ceará, Brazil . At UNIFOR, she is also Dean for the LLM and JSD programs. Sales serves as Director of the Mediation Institute of Brazil, in Fortaleza. She is the author of Mediation of Conflicts: Family, School and Community, Mediare: Practical Guide for Mediators, Justice and Conflict Mediation, and Familiar Mediation: A Social Study of the Conflicts in Contemporary Families. Sales coordinates research in family, school, and community mediation. She has participated in a governmental mediation project on communitarian houses, and teaches many courses for mediators.

Lia Regina SampaioLia Regina Castaldi Sampaio, Facilitator for the Legal Sector, earned her law degree at Catholic University (PUC); her psychology degree at Mackenzie University; and her master's in hospital psychology at Santo Amaro University (Unisa), all in São Paulo. Sampaio earned her master's in hospital administration at IPH (Instituto de Pesquisas Hospitalares) and in psychosomatic at Movimento Interdisciplinar de Psicossomática (MIP), both in São Paulo. She has been coordinator of volunteers for Samaritano Hospital in São Paulo since 1999, and is the current president of the NGO Associação Interação–Rede Social. Sampaio was trained in mediation specialization by BG Mediação Interdisciplinar, Instituto Familiae, Instituto de Mediação e Arbitragem do Brasil (IMAB) and Coordenadoria Geral de Especialização, Aperfeiçoamento e Extensão da Pontifícia Universid ade Católica de São Paulo (COGEAE-PUC) - all courses in São Paulo. She is a member of the Arbitration and Mediation Council of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), a mediator for Câmara de Conciliação e Mediação da FIESP da Federação da Industrias do Estado de São Paulo, da Câmara de Mediação e Arbitragem do Instituto de Engenharia de São Paulo (CAMFIESP), and co-author of the book O que é Mediação de Conflitos.


Leslie Shérida Ferraz, Executive Coordinator for the Judicial Sector, is also the Executive Coordinator of CEBEPEJ (Brazilian Center for Judicial Studies and Research), where she oversees research about the Brazilian judicial system. She is a lawyer, and received her graduate and undergraduate degrees (PhD in progress) from University of São Paulo (USP). Her thesis is about Small Claims Courts and access to justice. She was a visiting scholar at University of Florence (Italy), in 2001, and at Columbia University (New York), in 2007. Ferraz has coordinated several research projects, on subjects such as Small Claims Courts, Tax Execution and Class Actions.‌

Marco Antônio Garcia Lopes ‌, Executive Coordinator for the Legal Sector, is a lawyer with experience in civil and commercial law. He teaches at Superior School of Lawyers (ESA – Escola Superior de Advocacia) in Belém-PA, Brazil. He earned his master's degree in Civil Procedure Law from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, where his thesis was "Small Claim Courts: The Civil Procedure Law Revisited." He also earned his PhD in Civil Procedure Law from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, where his thesis was “Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods and State Dispute Resolution." Lorencini is member and treasurer of the Brazilian Center of Judicial Studies and Research (Cebepej - Centro Brasileiro de Estudos e Pesquisas Judiciais).







Academic Sector
Celso Simões Bredariol 
Cristiane Maria Henrichs de Souza Coutinho 
José Gabriel Assis de Almeida 
Jose Maria Rossani Garcez 
Rodrigo Dias da Rocha Vianna

Business Sector
Carolina Menezes
Marco Antonio Moreira Leite 
Rodrigo Graça Aranha 
Célia Passos
Letícia Feres 
Júlio Assuf
Rafaela Ferraz

Favela Sector
Adão Caetano da Silva 
Renato José dos Santos 
Iran Martins de Oliveira
Ronei Ferreira Borges 
Maria Aparecida Quintilho dos Santos

Judicial Sector
Leslie Ferraz 
Michel Romano 
Mariella Nogueira 
Fernando Gajardoni 
Janete Simoes 
Valeria Lagrasta 
Sueli Pini

Legal Sector
Marco Lorencini 
Adolfo Braga Neto 
Luis Fernanado Freitas Penteado 
Juliana Demarchi 
Christian Garcia Vieira 
Caroline Silva Costa

Nonprofit Sector
Nair Cristina Barretto Boudet Fernandes 
Célia Bernardes 
Carlos Eduardo Alcântara Brandão 
Ernesto Rezende Neto 
Dario Córdova Posada

Student Sector
Sandra Moreira 
Mariana Almeida
Rodrigo Iacovini 
Alda Cirilo 
Andrine Oliveira Nunes