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Third Cycle


Doctor of Law

ECTS Coordinator

Teresa Pizarro Beleza (tpb@fd.unl.pt)

Assisted by Margarida Lima Rego (margarida.rego@fd.unl.pt)

Education objectives

The main goal of the Doctorate Programme is to train researchers, lecturers and professionals in all legal fields. Its specific aims are:

a) To allow an understanding of the law in all its branches

b) To encourage a multidisciplinary approach to legal science

c) To increment interdisciplinary theory and practice

d) To promote a fruitful dialogue with the legal community, as well as an interaction with academic institutions from other countries

e) To familiarise students with new technologies and research techniques

f) To develop scientific interchange with view to the presentation of original research projects to be completed individually or as part of a team

g) To encourage participation in collective research projects and favour connections with national and international academic institutions as a way to end the isolation of which legal research has traditionally suffered.

The following general theme was approved by the Scientific Council in the 2009/2010 academic year: ‘Emerging topics in XXIst Century Legal Orders'. Its role is to allow a polarisation of the doctoral programme into several current interest questions (both theoretical and practical) relevant to contemporary legal culture and practice. This is to be achieved through a tightening link between research conducted within the CEDIS (Centro de Investigação & Desenvolvimento sobre Direito e Sociedade, FDUNL) and work done by students in each cycle.


Doctoral candidates may choose a specialisation from the list provided in Despacho nº4109/97 (2nd series), published in Diário da República nº 162 (16-07-1997). The list is suitably comprehensive.

The candidate's choice, including a thesis topic and the curricular path to be followed during the taught stage of the doctoral programme, is to be submitted to the Scientific Council. At the end of the Programme, provided all conditions have been fulfilled, the candidate will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Law in the approved specialty.

Those who successfully complete the taught stage of the doctoral programme are given a certificate.


a) Holders of a master's degree or legal equivalent.

b) Holders of a specially relevant academic, scientific or professional curriculum recognized by the Scientific Board as denoting equivalent capabilities to those holding a master’s degree.

Evaluation rules

The title ‘Doctor of Law' is attributed to those who obtain 240 ECTS in the taught stage and in the research stage of the Programme, which corresponds to 142 ECTS.

The Programme consists of seminars and tutorials. A general topic is chosen by each instructor who will assist the students in finding a suitable individual research topic for their assignments. There will always be an effort to involve senior academics from other countries in the seminars in order to expose the students to the various possible approaches to each topic.


This PhD programme is co-financed by the Portuguese agency for scientific research - FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia). A few scholarships are available; please click here


:: Resolutions of the selection committee for Nova Law School’s third study cycle leading to a phd in law - FCT scholarships
:: Resolutions of the selection committee for Nova Law School's third study cycle leading to a PhD in Law 2016/2017
:: Resolutions of the selection committee for Nova Law School's third study cycle leading to a PhD in Law 2016/2017 (15-09-2016)
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