Knowledge Centres


The Space Law Research Centre (SPARC) is the first and until now, only research group in Space Law in Portugal, created in 2018 within CEDIS, the research institute of NOVA School of Law. It aims to investigate and promote awareness of topics related to Space Law. 

SLRC is a research group in Space Law and related subjects, which brings together professors, researchers and PhD students with expertise and projects in this area, giving precedence to interdisciplinarity.

This Centre aims to develop a community of Space Law in Portugal and to promulgate these developments in Portuguese, something that is currently lacking in the academic world of the Portuguese speaking community.



The mission of the research group is to contribute to the development of the Science of Law by promoting productivity, scientific merit and innovation in research in these areas, taking into consideration three main perspectives:
  • The academia of International Space Law, seeking to interact with the international community; 
  • The practice of Space Law with regard to the legal needs and problems of professionals in the space sector;
  • The Lusophone perspective.