Participating Institution(s) to which the Research Group belongs:

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

Academia Militar (AM/EP/MDN)

Instituto de Estudos Superiores Militares (IESM/MDN)

Instituto Superior de Ciências Policiais e Segurança Interna (ISCPSI)

Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (UAL/CEU)



Jorge Cláudio de Bacelar Gouveia

Armando Manuel de Barros Serra Marques Guedes

Maria Teresa Couceiro Pizarro Beleza

Nuno José Cardoso da Silva Piçarra

Carlos Maria da Silva Feijó

Francisco Manuel Gouveia Pinto Proença Garcia

Helena Maria Matias Pereira de Melo

Diogo Freitas do Amaral

Luísa Maria Freitas Gomes Andias Gonçalves






Group Structure:

The research group has a multidisciplinary structure, with specialists from diverse academic backgrounds, including jurists, sociologists, military, civil defense agents and political scientists.

The group intends to study Security issues in an interdisciplinary logic, with ambivalence between legal – the laws regulating security structures – and non-legal dimensions.

The group will also maintain working relationships with institutions connected to security, through protocols for joint research: the Institute for Higher Military Studies and their research centre (CISDI), the Guarda Nacional Republicana (National Republican Guard), the Internal Security System, the National Authority for Civil Defense; the National Firefighter School and the Institute of Law and Security.

This group is led by a Principal Investigator and is composed of other researchers from different backgrounds, who have in common the goal of studying Security in its various dimensions, at once in the fields of law, sociology, politics, international relations and statistics.

Also included are a group of doctoral students, which can increase each year as more students become interested in these themes. A strong emphasis will be placed on tutoring their doctoral theses by group members.


Objectives of the research group

In today’s world, issues of security cannot be fully comprehended through a narrow approach, as repeatedly happens with the segmented, partial contributions produced by specific sciences, especially military and police sciences. Without diminishing the obvious importance of these contributions, security must be understood in all its fields of projection, such as  :

- Law, understanding the criteria and limits to the actions of security forces and the balance with civil rights;

- Sociology, trying to understand the impact of structures of Security on the feelings of safety in the community;

- Politics and International Relations, understanding the options for reform of different sectors of security, not only on the State-level, but also for the international community


From the intersection of the group and its lines of research come the general objectives for the research group. These should be materialized through transdisciplinary studies with practical results in the area of Law and Security.

  • Determine the legal impact of the actions of different agents of security, with special relevance to the dichotomy “safe society” / “civil rights”; “
  • Determine the impact of the actions of different agents of security on international politics, giving special attention to its effects on International Law;
  • Analyze the effects of reform in different sectors of security at state- and international-level;
  • Analyze the main challenges to international security from a legal standpoint, giving emphasis to mass migration, energy security, food safety, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Thus, we will continue with the publication of two yearly editions of the Law and Security Journal; organizing a yearly Conference on Security and Democracy (CONSEDE); specific-themed colloquiums (e.g. cibersafety); bilateral conferences with Portuguese-speaking States and interdisciplinary research reports, such as  the constitutional status of security; security in the 3rd Republic’s party programs; National Security and the Constitution; the evolution of the strategic concept of Security and Defense; the legal aspect of the European Security and Defense Policy; the Strategic concept of National Security; the National Internal Security Strategy; the National Security Framework law; national security and population ageing: diagnosis and solutions. The group will also be supporting lecturing on Law and Security in Nova Law, namely the Law and Security Doctoral program; the Law and Security Master’s program; the Specialization Course on Emergency and Civil Defense and the Specialization Course on Security Law.