CEDIS(Centre for Research in Law and Society) is the main research centre at the Faculty. We host two centres of public (community) service which also carry out some teaching and research. RAL(Alternative Dispute Resolution) has been successfully conducting a programme of informal conflict resolution for ten years. ANTÍGONA was set up in May 2009 to address issues of discrimination, both at the level of academic research and teaching, and with a view to helping actual or potential victims. CPIC, the most recent unit, deals w ith copyright and patents legal issues, with the financial support of Microsoft.
There are ca 1000 law students at the New University of Lisbon. FDUNL is also hosting an ever growing number of international students, mainly owing to the Erasmus and the E.Ma Programmes (European Master in Human Rights and Democratisation, run by the European Inter- University Centre, EIUC, www.eiuc.org – a Universities European network; UNL has been a member since 2002).
At the NOVA Faculty of Law we are proud of our achievements and trust that the appeal of the education the Faculty offers will continue in the future. We do our best to continuously improve our teaching and research and hope to be able to honour our Charter of Principles that Professor Diogo Freitas do Amaral and his Colleagues promoted in 1997, just before the first courses started being taught.
We often use the Horatian/Kantian motto Sapere aude (‘dare to know’) in our celebrations of the Law School’s day, when we deliver the diplomas to our students. We wish and hope to make it a progressively accurate description of our endeavours at FDUNL.