In law schools we are thought that to study Law is to understand the federal laws. If we could understand the meaning of the general provisions in the codes, bylaws and consolidations we would be ready to operate the legal system, either as lawyers representing our clients before the courts, or as magistrates judging the social conflicts brought to the courts.

The ABJ, an entity created to promote and encourage the legal branch of knowledge called Jurimetrics, believes that knowledge of the law needs to go beyond the theoretical study of the statutes and codes. To know what the real lawis, we need to understand the decision processes from which the judgments, contracts, judges' decisions and other individual standards are created.

Jurimetrics uses statistical and probabilistic models to understand legal decisions’ processes, whether judicial, arbitral, legislative or in negotiations. Unlike the provisions in general law, the actual standards are grouped into large populations whose individuals have varying characteristics. Statistics and probability are mathematical tools designed to measure this variability, describe the characteristics of these groups and show how the law is actually produced and applied, allowing for better administration of justice, whether through the management of courts, law-making more adherent to reality or in the development of more effective attorneys' strategies.

Marcelo Guedes Nunes
Chairman of ABJ