Changing perspectives in Legal Education: competence-based learning and the possibilities to improve access to justice via mediation skills

  • Loussia P. Musse Felix University of Brasilia, Brazil
  • André Gomma de Azevedo University of Brasilia, Brazil
Keywords: competence based learning, legal education, mediation skills, negotiation practices, Tuning Latin America, collaborative approaches, dispute resolution


As one of the major Brazilian Law Schools, the University of Brasilia School of Law is at the forefront of a competence-based dispute resolution programme to be used in legal education and within the Brazilian Court system. Changes in Legal Education around the world obviate the need to integrate theoretical and practical perspectives at all levels in the formal training of new professionals in the field of Law. The University of Brasilia School of Law has participated in Tuning Latin America since 2006 and has recently adopted a Curriculum that embraces competence-based learning as part of a major change geared to bringing social, cultural and political effectiveness into the teaching of Law. This paper outlines the challenges facing the adoption of collaborative approaches to dispute resolution in the legal arena and the meta-competences and competences it entails.

Published online: 30 June 2015


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Author Biographies

Loussia P. Musse Felix, University of Brasilia, Brazil

PhD in Education, a Master in Law, and is Professor of Law at the University of Brasília (UnB) since 1995, where she acts as a member of the Graduate and Post-Graduate levels. Her main teaching and research interests center on global and Latin American legal education, innovation and internationalization, curriculum design, research methodology.  She was Coordinator of the Area of Law for Project Tuning Latin America during Phase I (2006-2007) and Phase II (2011-2013).  She was President of the Curricular Reform Commission of the UnB Law School (2010-2014) and acted as president for a Committee to institute Affirmative Action for Black and Indigenous students at the Graduate Programme.  She is a consultant for the Ministry of Education in the area of Law and leads a research group in Education in Law affiliated with the National Research Council (CNPq). Mail:

André Gomma de Azevedo, University of Brasilia, Brazil

LL.D. candidate at the University of Brasilia Law School, holds an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, in New York, NY and is currently a visiting adjunct professor at Pepperdine University´s Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution in Malibu, CA (2014-2015). He is a volunteer professor at the University of Brasilia Law School since 1999 where he coordinates the research group on appropriate dispute resolution. He is a state judge since 2002 and is currently working as an auxiliary judge to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and of the National Council of Justice.  Mail:


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How to Cite
Felix, Loussia P. Musse, and André Gomma de Azevedo. 2015. “Changing Perspectives in Legal Education: Competence-Based Learning and the Possibilities to Improve Access to Justice via Mediation Skills”. Tuning Journal for Higher Education 2 (2), 253-81.