Opinion Centre

NOVA School of Law’s Opinion Centre was created to provide legal advice and technical and scientific studies to support public policies, business decisions and dispute resolution.

The Centre and its members carry out this activity by responding to legal queries submitted by public or private entities, preparing legal studies on request, or participating in legislative reform processes.

NOVA School of Law has more than 30 resident lecturers, both national and foreign, with doctorates in various fields of law and dedicated to rigorous, interdisciplinary, and international analysis of the most demanding and complex legal problems.

The faculty is therefore in a unique position at national level to study and monitor the most complex legal issues in the Portuguese legal system, as well as foreign and comparative law.

Our experts work in several languages, including Portuguese, English, Spanish, Italian, French and German.

The Opinion Centre is thus an important link between NOVA School of Law and civil society, allowing the faculty to place its know-how at the service of social development, sustainability, economic progress, and the improvement of the legal system.


Margarida Lima Rego


João Zenha Martins

Luís Heleno Terrinha

Areas of activity

Civil Law

  • Contracts
  • Civil responsibility
  • Minors, accompanied adults, elderly people
  • Family law
  • Succession
  • Obligations
  • Civil associations and foundations

Commercial and Capital Markets Law

  • Trading companies
  • Public bids and takeovers
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Financial Instruments/Capital Markets

Constitutional Law

  • Rights, freedoms and guarantees
  • Equality and non-discrimination

Criminal and Administrative Offence Litigation

  • Criminal law (general)
  • Economic criminal law
  • Administrative offences

Peace and Security Law

  • Activities of public security forces
  • International law (general)
  • International humanitarian law

Intellectual Property Law

  • Copyright
  • Trade secrets
  • Trademarks and patents

Data Protection Law

  • GDPR
  • Prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of offences

Consumer Law

  • E-commerce
  • Consumer relations

Labour Law

  • Individual and collective labour relations
  • Labour litigation

Law and Sustainability

  • Business and human rights
  • ESG criteria
  • Due diligence e corporate governance

Law and Technology

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Blockchain – smart contracts, cryptocurrencies, NFT

European and Competition Law

  • Institutional law of the European Union
  • European litigation
  • State aid
  • Cartels and abuse of dominant position

Tax Law

  • Income Tax
  • Excise duties
  • Sectoral Taxes
  • Tax litigation

Public Law and Regulation

  • Administrative procedures
  • Public procurement
  • Environment
  • Water
  • Health
  • Transportation
  • Energy
  • Sanitation
  • Natural resources

Dispute Resolution

  • Civil and commercial litigation
  • Administrative and tax arbitration
  • Domestic and international commercial arbitration
  • International investment arbitration
  • Mediation