Through the debate between ideas, cultures and talents, we create knowledge, innovative practices and we open new paths for the future.
The mission of NOVA School of Law is to enhance the differences and individualities of each student, making diversity a starting point for adapting to the challenges to which the Law responds.
NOVA School of Law was created to be at the centre of innovation in the development of legal sciences and in the teaching of Law in Portugal through its progress in research, in teaching of new disciplines, in the use of new pedagogical methodologies, and with its goal of responding to new professional training requirements.
The mission of NOVA School of Law is to be open to society, to new branches of law and to other social sciences, with specific focus on contemporary changes to public life and its inherent problems. In addition to its traditional research and teaching activities, NOVA School of Law will address the need for developing activities of debate, for collaboration and for dissemination of ideas with other sectors of society. Close relations with the most modern Law Schools in Europe and the United States are priority.
NOVA School of Law is committed to reinforcing the idea of an academic community, believing that the professional mission of university law education must develop in balance with other essential functions, both cultural and scientific. From a pedagogical point of view, NOVA School of Law aims to maintain high standards of merit and evaluation.
NOVA School of Law, in addition to addressing the basic legal and non-legal disciplines essential to the training of a lawyer, regards its specific goals to be the investigation and teaching of emerging rights in the following areas:
a) Forensic Law
b) Public Administration Law
c) International Law
d) Corporate Law
e) Social Law
Particular attention will be given to “Law Making”, “Law and Economics” and “Critical Law Studies”.
NOVA School of Law will organise large public conferences on“The State of Justice in Portugal” and “The State of Public Administration in Portugal” on a regular basis.