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Research Lines

CoordinatorAntónio Monteiro Fernandes
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This is a line of research in Law, including its historical and philosophical dimensions, without excluding the opening to other knowledge (sociology, anthropology, political science…) necessary for the profound apprehension and understanding of the realities in question. The research themes may involve material from various legal disciplines, whether or not taught at the Faculty of Law, namely: Constitutional Law, History of Law, Philosophy of Law, Fundamental Rights, Family Law, Law of Succession, Labour Law, Social Security Law and Employment Policies.

Coordinator: Vasco Becker-Weinberg

The research line of Law Beyond Borders covers those areas of law that bring together the classical (or transnational) element of the term, as well as those areas where the borders of law are open to other sciences, such as International Relations, Political Science, Economics, Psychology and Health Sciences, among others.
Hence, the traditional areas of International Law, European Law and the transnational expressions of the different branches of law are brought together in this line of research, as well as those less traditional, but increasingly relevant, areas resulting from the interactions of legal science with other sciences.

Coordinator: Hugo Cunha Lança
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We learn from Ulpiano that Justice is the constant and perpetual will to give each person what is theirs, the jurist being more than a priest, a servant of Justice. And, having it as a premise, it is required that the first concern of the Law hermeneutic is the defence of the most deprived of legal support. Therefore, the protection of children, the defence of the rights of adolescents, the gender issue(s), the respect for the elderly and people with disabilities should be one of the first concerns of the scholars of this area of knowledge. Thus, under this topic, we call for studies that interpret these issues from a multiplicity of perspectives [as if we were dealing with a cubist canvas], namely through the lens of Criminal Law, Family Law, Procedural Law, Sociology and Philosophy of Law, inter alia.

CoordinatorInês Fernandes Godinho
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This line of research aims to contribute to the creation and development of scientific knowledge in the areas mentioned: Law, Life and Technology. It embraces such broad concepts of these three topics that, within its scope, technological applications such as artificial intelligence, social networks and cryptography are included; it also seeks research from various legal disciplines that include both contributions from contract law and doubts regarding the assumptions of criminal investigation in the digital environment; finally, changes in collective life and intrusions in intimate life are also included.

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Law, Political Science, International Relations and Political Economy belongs to the same branch of the science that has as its common purpose the study of humankind, as a being socially framed by norms, rules, procedures and standards of behavior. If, historically, Political Philosophy and Law coexisted intimately and for a long time, Economics, as a Classic Political Economy that studies human action, and International Relations, seen as the analysis of International Society and the behavior of its subjects, only very recently became autonomous from these other two areas of knowledge, with which they were confused until recently. Today, many of the areas they are dedicated to are common, or related, and thematic overlaps are frequent, necessary and useful, despite the unequivocal pluridisciplinarity and ontological and methodological specificity of each of these sciences.