Knowledge Centres

NOVA Ocean

The NOVA OCEAN Knowledge Centre aims to contribute to fulfil the big global goals, in particular the Sustainable Development Goal 14 – life below water -, in line with the participation of NOVA School of Law to the United Nations Global Compact, the European Union blue agenda and the National Ocean Strategy 2021-2030. The NOVA OCEAN Knowledge Centre will stimulate and aggregate joint research and wants to be part of the internationalization effort of the School, stating as an innovative research centre dedicated to scientific and multidisciplinary research on ocean and its governance, with the aim of consolidating and expand the ongoing research and the scientific knowledge in this important domain.

The NOVA OCEAN Knowledge Centre is anchored in the Master’s Degree in Law and Economics of the Sea – Ocean Governance – created in 2015, that has already developed and import research work, promoted partnerships, internships, and research visits. It should be noted that the NOVA Law School is the only higher education institution in Portugal that is a host institution of the prestigious United Nations Programme “The Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship Programme for Human Resources Development and Advancement of the Legal Order of the World’s Oceans”. The NOVA OCEAN Knowledge Centre aims to create a new interest for knowledge related to the ocean, namely among the BA students.


Assunção Cristas


Jorge Oliveira e Carmo

Júlia Schütz Veiga


Renato Gomide

Vasco Becker- Weinberg

Beatriz Filipe

Manuela Bocayuva


The NOVA School of Law Knowledge Center dedicated to the Ocean – NOVA OCEAN – aims to increment the joint and interdisciplinary scientific research in the ocean domain, with an impact at the global level, in line with the NOVA School of Law focus in the great present challenges and contribute to improve the external visibility of the School of Law.



The main goal of the NOVA OCEAN Knowledge Center is to stimulate, support, and aggregate the scientific multidisciplinary research in the domain of the ocean and its governance, with a focus on the sustainable development of the ocean in line with SDG 14 of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, the European Union blue agenda, and the National Ocean Strategy 2021-2030. Sustainability and possibilities of the digital progress in the ocean field are two cross-cutting central domains in the NOVA OCEAN Knowledge Center agenda.

The NOVA OCEAN Knowledge Center proposal integrates the NOVA School of Law ambition to focus on the great present challenges of humanity and have action with impact at the global level, contributing to the external visibility of the NOVA School of Law. 6 Anchored in the Master’s Degree in Law and Economics of the Sea – Ocean Governance – the NOVA OCEAN Knowledge Center will contribute to frame the study and work of the students in organised topics and lines of research, both in the curricular part and in the second part of the masters, namely by proposing the conclusion of the degree trough a research project. It will also permit to engage BA students and therefore stimulate their interest in proceeding studies in this field at the master´s level. To reveal the work done, its potential, and engage PdD students to promote a more lasting and deep research is also a concern of NOVA OCEAN.

Following the MDEM, this research centre adopts a multi and interdisciplinary approach and aims to strengthen relations with other organic units of the University as well as other national and international entities and institutions dedicated to the study of the ocean. To this concern, NOVA OCEAN Knowledge Center wants also to state as a centre to provide services to the community, namely in supporting the preparation and assessment of legislation relevant to the sector.


Main Research Areas

The main research areas are:

  • Ocean Governance
  • The Law of the Sea
  • Blue Economy
  • The Atlantic Ocean

Within these broad research areas, the NOVA OCEAN Knowledge Centre will develop specific projects considering the national and global impact of the research and their scientific importance.

Therefore, from a thematic point of view, at the top priorities will be certainly questions addressing:

  • climate-ocean nexus;
  • sustainable food;
  • maritime spatial planning and management