New challenges of international law

Project Abstract

International Law has undergone, and is still undergoing, through several changes, mainly caused by the process of globalization. This kind of right can no longer be seen solely on the basis of classical theories. There is, therefore, the insertion of new theories and instruments that need to be considered as there is a growing interaction between national and international legal systems, which encompass legal systems, administrative and organizational structures and different systems of global cooperation and regulation.


In this sense, international law has new challenges, since the criterion of transnationality affects national and international normative structures. From this it is necessary to verify the fundamental rights of citizens, the preservation of democratic ideals, national rights, the protection of the environment, the impact on national public administrations and accountability.


In this perspective, the project named “New challenges of international law” aims at analyzing the impact of the formation of mega-regional agreements, such as CETA, MERCOSUR-EU and TTIP, because these blocks aim to create standards and rules that will reflect at global scale.


Such agreements are a challenge that international law has to deal with today, not only by altering the structure of international trade, but also by bringing global impacts across different branches of law.


Project Objectives

The “New Trends in International Economic Law” project aims at the development of scientific research in International Economic Law and its repercussion in the international, European and national sphere. The study is necessary in view of the legal changes brought about by the phenomenon of globalization and transnationality, which has modified the relationship between the subjects of international law, State and International Organizations, as well as has promoted the entry of new international actors.



CEDIS/Faculdade de Direito da Universidade Nova de Lisboa – FDUNL

UniCeub – Centro Universitário de Brasília (for the presentation of joint projects for entities such as CAPES and FCT)

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (for the presentation of joint projects for entities such as CAPES and FCT)


Project Team

  • Group coordinators

o   Francisco Pereira Coutinho

o   Lúcio Tomé Feteira

o   Ruth Santos

  • Group members

o   João Francisco Diogo

o   Lucila Vilhena

o   Maria Inês Gameiro

o   Matheus Passos

o   Renata Menezes

o   Rita Guerreiro

o   Tiago Melo Cartaxo

o   Sérgio Pedro



From June 2016 to June 2020



Funding Entity: Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, CEDIS/FDUNL, JurisNova


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