Research Projects

IN_SOLVENS: Insolvency Law in Portugal – A multidisciplinary Analysis

The Research Project «IN_Solvens: Insolvency Law in Portugal – a multidisciplinary analysis» intends to provide an overview of the causes that affect the length of insolvency proceedings and the reduced use of pre-insolvency mechanisms for, in a second moment, present solutions that allow to alleviate or avoid the identified negative effects.

Duration: 36 months (February 2021 to January 2024)

Institutions: NOVA School of Law/CEDIS (Principal contractor) | ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa/CIES (Participating Institution)

Coordenation: Mariana França Gouveia (Principal Investigator – PI) | João Pedro Pinto-Ferreira (Co-PI)

Research team: Guilherme Brandão | Higina Castelo | Patrícia André | Susana Santos | Teresa Violante

Advisory board members: Catarina Serra, Judge of the Supreme Court of Justice | Fernando Taínhas, Law Judge at the Lisbon Commercial Court | Jorge Calvete, Judicial Administrator | José Lebre de Freitas, Professor and Lawyer | Gundar da Cruz, Lawyer




Development Cooperation and the Right to Education in the PALOP Higher Education Systems 

This project aims to reflect on Higher Education in Portuguese-Speaking African Countries, and in this first phase, the target countries are Angola, Cape Verde and São Tomé and Príncipe.

Focusing on the normative framework that regulates this level of education, on national public policies regarding Education, on the International Development Agendas and on the role of Development Cooperation in the implementation of these policies, it aims to contribute to the scientific construction of the Law of Education in Higher Education, so that its implementation in terms of public policies and cooperation priorities may be ensured.

Duration: 1 April 2020 to 31 December 2021

Institutions: NOVA School of Law; Jurisnova – Portugal | CEJES – Angola | ISCJS – Cape Verde | University of Minho | JusGov. University of São Tomé and Príncipe

Coordination: Francisco Pereira Coutinho (Coordinator) | Aua Baldé (Project Manager) | Maria João Carapêto (Financial Management)

Research Team: Aua Baldé | Marília Higa | Rui Garrido | Maria João Carapêt

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Capacity Building for Legal and Social Advancement in the Philippines (CALESA)

CALESA seeks to address five interdependent problem areas in Philippine legal education, namely the scarcity of academic research in law schools; the inability of teachers and students to access source materials from their own Civil Law tradition, and the evolution of other Civil Law traditions, due to weak interest and multilingual skills; the limited pool of academic experts to review and modernize its legal codes; the protection of Human Rights and the Rule of Law, and the advancement of the integration in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), despite its critical importance and/or geostrategic.

After the completion of CALESA, the main law schools in the Philippines are expected to adopt curricular innovations focused on research, multilingualism, protection of Human Rights and the Rule of Law, regional integration and comparative law in a manner consistent with the Bologna process, in order to facilitate portability with EU universities.

Duration: January 15, 2020 to January 14, 2024

Participating entities: Coordination: Universidad de Malaga | Universidade NOVA de Lisboa – NOVA School of Law | Universidad de Deusto | University College of Dublin | University of the Philippines | Ateneo de Manila University | University of San Agustin | Philippine Judicial Association | Philja Ateneo de Zamboanga University AdZU

Coordination Project Management Team at NOVA School of Law: Francisco Pereira Coutinho (Executive Coordinating Professor)

Project Management Team at NOVA School of Law: Guilherme Berriel (Project Manager) | Inês Tralhão Fernandes (Project Assistant) | Maria João Carapêto (Quality Committee) | Emellin de Oliveira (Gender Equality Committee) | Guilherme Berriel (Dissemination and Exploitation Committee) | Narcisa Horta Rosa (Financial Responsible) 

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COSMOPOLITANISM: Justice, Democracy and Citizenship without Borders

This project brings together an international group of researchers from different disciplines (Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Political Sciences, International Relations, History, Law, Cultural Studies, Literature) who have for several years been conducting research on issues of cosmopolitanism in its personal, social, cultural, political and legal dimension. It endorses and promotes the UN Sustainable Development Goals by raising awareness and reflexivity and by advancing a vision of a just world.

Partners:  In Portugal: Universidade de Lisboa, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Universidade do Porto | In Brazil: Universidade de São Paulo, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Universidade Federal do Estado de São Paulo | In Germany: FU Berlin, TU Berlin, Universität Bremen, Universität Stuttgart, Universität Kiel, Universität Darmstadt | In France: Université d’Evry-Val-d’Essone, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales de Paris, Collège International de Philosophie de Paris

Advisers: Etiénne Balibar (Kingston University) | Gérard Raulet (Sorbonne University) | Mathias Kauffman (University of Halle)

Principal Investigator (PI): Soraya Nour Sckell (NOVA Law School, NOVA University of Lisbon & Centre of Philosophy, University of Lisbon)

Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI): Pedro Calafate (Centre of Philosophy, University of Lisbon)

Researchers NOVA School of Law, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa: Amanda Silva |  Fernanda Pinto | Isabella Caminoto | João Mota Guedes | Júlia Mota | Magno G. Saraiva | Mariana Lobato | Nuno Miguel Proença (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa)

Collaborators NOVA School of Law, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa: Ana Paula Campos | Annie Carolinne Teixeira de Oliveira | Awais Zafar | Bárbara Jennifer Paz de Abreu da Silva | Daniel de Andrade Oliveira Barral | Eduardo João Pedro | Elaine Regina De Abreu Moreira | Fabiana Maranhão Ribeiro | Felipe Galvão Vieira da Cunha | Graziella Maria Silva Oliveira Brito | Joana Filipa da Silva Caseiro | Laura Kuwer | Luan Fernandes Campos da Silva | Marilia Beatriz Leal Salvador Conti Higa | Mateus Schwetter Silva Teixeira | Ricardo Dallasta | Rita Beirão Magro Pinto Simões | Suzana Rahde Gerchmann | Túlio Dias | Wellington Vilela de Araújo

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LEGALPL – Legal Pluralism in the Portuguese Empire (18th-20th centuries)

This project aims to study the encounter between the Portuguese and local legal orders in the Portuguese Empire, from the 18th to the 20th century. We want to know how these legal orders were classified, how they interacted and how they were used by colonizers and colonized peoples in different chronological periods, as well as the changes that occurred during the epoch under consideration.

This work will result in a global vision of legal pluralism in Portuguese colonies, which will allow, in addition to comparative studies with other empires, a better understanding of the role of Law in multicultural and multiethnic societies, as well as an interdisciplinary dialogue between History, Law and Contemporary Studies about Citizenship in national and transnational contexts.

Duration: 48 months (from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2022)

Institutions: NOVA School of Law/CEDIS (Proponent Institution) | Instituto de Ciências Sociais

Coordenation: Ana Cristina Nogueira da Silva  – Principal Investigator (PI) Ângela Maria Barreto Xavier – Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI)

Research Team: Ricardo Roque | Nuno Camarinhas | Luís Pedroso de Lima Cabral de Oliveira | Fernanda do Nascimento Thomaz | Mélissa Frias | Samory Badona Monteiro | Maria da Conceição Moço Neto | Anabela Brízido | João Figueiredo | Yamê Paiva

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LusoAfro Bio-Ethics – Strengthening bioethics committees in lusophone African region

The aim of this project is to strength capacity for health research ethics review in African Lusophone Countries (ALC). More specifically the objectives are: to improve institutional and personnel capacities of the three African Lusophone Countries RECs; to enhance the efficiency of clinical trials/health research applications reviews; to promote collaborative/ networking activities in research ethics in Lusophone Countries; to share good practices on Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs), Protocol Review and international regulatory ethical and legal norms and standards and to establish the University of Cape Verde Institutional Review Board.

The main actions of this project aim to support sub-Saharan African Lusophone countries to establish and develop robust capacities for ethical review of clinical research.

Institutions: Comité Nacional de Bioética para a Saúde (Mozambique – Coordinator) | Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical UNL (Participant) | Faculdade de Direito UNL (Participant) | Universidade Agostinho Neto (Angola – Participant) | Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique – Participant) | Universidade de Cabo Verde (Cape Verde – Participant)

Coordination: João Schwalbach (Comité Nacional de Bioética para a Saúde)

Project Team: Maria do Rosário Oliveira Martins (IHMT-UNL) | Ema Cândida Branco Fernandes (Agostinho Neto University) | Emanuel Catumbela (Agostinho Neto University) | Tazi Nimi Maria (Agostinho Neto University) | Isabel Inês Monteiro de Pina Araújo (Cape Verde University) | Zulmira Hartz (IHMT-UNL) | Amílcar Bernardo Tomé da Silva (Agostinho Neto University) | Maria Chimpolo (Agostinho Neto University) | Rassul Nala (Comité Nacional de Bioética para a Saúde) | Jahit Sacarlal (Eduardo Mondlane University) | Jorge Seixas (IHMT-UNL) | Helena Pereira de Melo (FDUNL) | Esperança Sevene (Eduardo Mondlane University)

Site LusoAfro Bio-Ethics | CEDIS



LegImpact – The Law-Making as a means of Implementing Public Policies: Quantitative and Socioeconomic Analysis

The aim is to register more precise indicators on the law-making methodology. To register these indicators, a Portuguese legislation database has been set up and it will enable an assessment of every law itself and its relation with other laws. This database should be opened to the general public on a free basis and provide a broad insight on the Portuguese legislation. This database is different from any other existing database. It will be possible to compare the evolution of the upper mentioned indicators, the number of published laws and impact of European Union’s law in national law.

Furthermore, the aim is to create a mechanism to evaluate the accomplishment of public politic goals by assessing the net aggregate costs of the framed national legislation. This analysis aims to identify the situation before introducing a certain legislative measure and its eventual creation of red tape costs and friction costs. This allows to verify if the legislative instrument used to execute a public policy has accomplished its goals or if, on the contrary, it has created obstacles to its accomplishment. In the end, the aim is to identify the net aggregate costs of the legislative instrument taking into account its goals.

Duration: 36 months (1st September 2018/31st August 2022)

Institutions: Faculdade de Direito da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa – FDUNL | Instituto de Ciências Jurídico-Políticas da Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa (Participant Institution) | ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (Participant Institution)

Leading Researchers: Francisco Pereira Coutinho (Leading Researcher) | João Tiago Silveira (Co-Leading Researcher)

Project Members: Manuel Cabugueira | Pedro Lopes | Sónia Rodrigues | Raquel Moniz | Pierre Henri Guibentif | Miguel Moura e Silva

Site Legal Impact | CEDIS



Education for Justice

The E4J – Education for Justice Initiative is an UNODC – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s program. Its implementation began with the adoption of the Doha Declaration of 2015 (Doha Declaration on Integrating Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice into the Wider United Nations Agenda to Address Social and Economic Challenges and to Promote the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels, and Public Participation).

The programme relies on education to promote values and works to create more just and peaceful societies through innovative partnerships. This regard, cooperation also depends on the will of States to create such education scenarios for the strengthening of life skills and a true culture of lawfulness.

The contents produced are fully available here and their purpose is to support academics in teaching subjects that focus on UNODC mandates, in the areas of international crime prevention and criminal justice.

Duration: 36 months (from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2021)

Role of NOVA School of Law in the project: Partner of UNODC in the translation of the contents on Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants into Portuguese Language.

Coordination: Vasco Becker- Weinberg | Maria João Carapêto

Team Leaders: Emellin de Oliveira | João Carreto | Gabriela Caldas | Marília Conti Higa | Guilherme Berriel | Pablo Ronaldo Gadea

Junior Team Members: Beatriz Sequeira | Victoria Silva Ferreira | Mariana Almeida | Sara Marques | Eduardo Matos | Mariana Baptista | Inês Tralhão

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Intra-África Pax Lusófona

The project funds student mobilities for those who seek to do their post-graduate studies at one of the African Partnering Universities and aims to create a teaching network that promotes synergies, creating opportunities in Africa. PaxLusófona also seeks to allow, through respect for the historical and cultural identity of the involved countries, interexchange of experiences and knowledge, the creation of new approaches and investigation methodologies at the involved countries. The projects aims to provide professional qualification with an high quality academic offer, through participatory education, development of critical consciousness, incentive to social participation and environmental sustainability as a development and stability factor.

Project Objectives: Offer 41 student and staff mobilities between Law Schools / Create a Master Degree Programme at Universidade de São Tomé e Príncipe

Duration: 5 years (November 2017/December 2022)

Institutions: Agostinho Neto University Law School (Angola, Coordinator) | Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique) | Higher Institute of Legal and Social Sciences (Cape Verde) | University of São Tomé and Príncipe | NOVA School of Law (Technical Partner)

NOVA School of Law Project Management Team: Jorge Bacelar Gouveia (Executive Coordinating Professor) | Francisco Pereira Coutinho (Deputy Executive Coordinator) | Maria João Carapêto (Project Manager) | Carla Cintra (Communications Officer) | Narcisa Horta Rosa (Financial Officer)| Inês Braga (Project Secretariat)

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