3rd edition of the Prize for Pedagogical Excellence Professor Doutor Diogo Freitas do Amaral

NOVA School of Law is delighted to announce the 3rd edition of the Prize for Pedagogical Excellence Professor Doutor Diogo Freitas do Amaral, created in 2021 with the aim of distinguishing, promoting and disseminating educational models of excellence that meet today’s pedagogical challenges, promoting quality teaching, capable of providing a transformational and intellectually challenging learning experience.

In its second edition, the prize was awarded to Professor Maria Helena Brito, a distinction that highlights the way in which the teacher continues the legacy of pedagogical excellence that Professor Freitas do Amaral left in our school, constituting “a pedagogical model not only for the students” – as Professor Filipe Brito Bastos, who presented the award at the ceremony, pointed out – “but for all fellow teachers”.

The winner,” he continued, “continues to give so much to our school and, in the true spirit of our pedagogical excellence, continues to reinvent herself and support each of her students. Even in the most extraordinary circumstances. She has trained generations of change agents.

She is a model of determination, of love for teaching, of love for the law – a love that is contagious,” he adds, saying: “These are not my words. They are the words of the students who supported her nomination. But I echo their words, especially when they say that she is, and I quote, ‘an inspiration to young academics“.

Awarding the Prize for Pedagogical Excellence

The Prize embodies public recognition of pedagogical excellence, intending, in particular, to recognize the capacity for pedagogical innovation of its faculty, contributing to disseminating good practices developed in the academic year immediately preceding its attribution, in curricular units of any type.

The Prize is awarded annually and is decided in October of each year with reference to the immediately preceding academic year.

Faculty members or teams of faculty members who have taught one or more degree courses of any type within the degree cycles in the academic year immediately preceding the award of the Prize, are eligible for the award, regardless of the nature of their link to NOVA School of Law. Eligibility, in turn, does not depend on the submission of applications


Any reasoned proposals subscribed by one or more faculty members or students of the NOVA School of Law community will be considered. These proposals should be sent to the chair of the Pedagogical Council by email between the first and the last day of September of the academic year following that to which the award refers.

Proposals should be sent during the current month of September to conselho.pedagogico@novalaw.unl.pt.

Prize Announcement

The award for pedagogical excellence will be announced by the President of the Pedagogical Council at the Faculty Day ceremony, which this year will take place on October 21st.