Participating Institution(s) to which the Research Group belongs

Faculdade de Direito da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FD/UNL)



Armando Manuel de Barros Marques Guedes

Inge Mariette Ruigrok

Jorge Cláudio de Bacelar Gouveia

Ana Cristina Fonseca Nogueira da Silva

Carlos Maria da Silva Feijó

Elisa Rangel Nunes

António Manuel Botelho Hespanha

Fernando Horta Tavares

Flávio Gualter Inácio Inocêncio


List of current PhD students

Luís Pedroso de Lima Cabral de Oliveira


List of other researchers of the Research Group

Zamira de Assis


Structure of the Research Group

All members of the Research Group are Doctors and university lecturers. The members’ academic backgrounds reflect the privilege of multidisciplinary: Law, Anthropology, Political Science, History. Depending on the subject-matter, research will be developed by sub-groups and/or individuals specialized in each area:


Armando Marques Guedes will be the head researcher of the group. Nonetheless, the central purpose is to promote the horizontal collaboration between the researchers in order to intensify the interchange of methodologies, problems and findings, and the effectiveness and impact of outputs.


In any of the subjects-matter, depending on what is being analyzed, other specialists may be called upon to complement the research.


Each semester a global meeting for the Research Group will be organized to present results, debate strategies and design future systematizations.


Objectives of the Research Group

The CEDIS project on Law, Lusophonia, and Interculturality is by no means alone in a rapidly expanding field, both in Portugal and abroad – including in the Lusophone countries, namely Brazil and Angola. With some of these (in Angola and Mozambique, and Brazil, for example) our project cooperates via joint actions and eventually co-publications. Also, insofar as a looser collaboration embodied, for instance, in commentaries to Lusophone constitutional formats and legal codes and general legislative production – mostly in fields of public law, but also in property and land law. In Portugal, there is a strong collaboration with academic, military, and state institutions within many of the purview areas of the project; this normally has lead (and will continue to do so, in a more intense and regular manner) via joint Courses, by means of participation in each other’s Conferences and publications, and, in some cases, by way of joint authorship of papers and collections by researches of CEDIS and those of other convergent institutions. Another format already in place and which we intend to enhance is collaboration in dissertations leading to academic degrees, both with other twin institutions in Portugal and abroad, by participation in juris elsewhere, and by joint supervisions of ongoing research projects in domains of common interest. A few areas may be stressed where this is already taking place and expected to intensify: constitutionalism, forms of governance, history, and socio-anthropological and political science domains (for instance, foreign policy, and security matters).


As essentially a follow up on the African and general Lusophone project earlier carried out by the current CEDIS team, the purview of the one proposed for the five-year interval 2015-2020 is wide-ranging. It covers the complex interface between law, politics, and socio-historical matters pertaining to lusophone groupings present in four continents. To this is added an intensification of the already thick cooperation with researches, and university and research institutions in five continents. The annual breakups of indicators below are thus merely indicative and conservative in its minimalism, as outcomes do not entirely depend on us. So we just list here actions and activities in relation to which we have a high degree of confidence:


- A Protocol with the IDILP – Institute of law of the Portuguese speaking countries

- Collective books on law of the Portuguese speaking countries.

- Scholarly editions on Constitutional Law of the law of the Portuguese speaking countries.

- Introductions and commentaries to the Constitutional texts of law of the Portuguese speaking countries.

- Organization of Annual Seminar of CONDILP.

- Annual publication of a Scientific Journal entitled Law of the Portuguese speaking countries.

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