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 Research Centres

The Research Centres are organizational subunits that promote and develop research projects, bringing together scientific activities aimed at well-defined objectives with a set duration..

JusGov Research Centre for Justice and Governance

The Research Centre for Justice and Governance (JusGov) is dedicated to advance research and scholarship in Law, by pursuing an innovative interdisciplinary research programme, engaging in international research networks, investing in a strong dissemination strategy, providing policy relevant research and legal expertise of interest to governments, practitioners and other stakeholders, and by contributing to the scientific initiation and advanced training of early stage researchers. Taking advantage of its location at UM, JusGov aims to position itself as a research hub for legal studies in the North of Portugal, by bringing together IRs based at UM and at Polytechnic Institutes from the region. JusGov seeks to explore the role of Law in meeting contemporary societal challenges such as those identified by the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the achievement of gender equality, the provision of access to justice for all and the building of effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Its research programme – developed by six interconnected research groups – covers basic and applied research, to be conducted by an interdisciplinary team of lawyers and non-lawyers (from the fields of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Economics) and in frequent collaborations across disciplinary lines (e.g. with Computer Engineering and Health Sciences). 

JusGov is the result of a merger of two research centres previously based at the Law School of the University of Minho (UM) – the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Human Rights (DH-CII) and the Centre of Studies in European Union Law (CEDU). 

CEDU Centre of Studies in European Union Law
CEDU, Center for Legal Studies of the European Union, is an organic subunit of the School of Law of the University of Minho that focuses its activity on the problems inherent in the legal order of the European Union. In line with this principle, CEDU is based on a set of purposes, namely the development of research and teaching projects in the field of European Union Law, the promotion of excellence in research, teaching and reflection in the field of European Union Law , the production of knowledge in the European Union.
Diretor: Prof. Doutor Pedro Froufe

DH-CII Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Human Rights
DHCII, Interdisciplinary Research Center for Human Rights, is an organic subunit of the School of Law of the University of Minho, which bases its purpose on the promotion of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research in the area of Human Rights. DH-CII has developed its activity in order to respond to a set of objectives, namely the promotion of scientific research in the area of Human Rights, international cooperation and support for development, namely by carrying out studies and legislative projects, participation in educational projects, the development of projects of interaction and service to society and the diffusion of knowledge through publishing and the holding of scientific meetings.

Diretor: Prof. Doutor Mário  Monte

NEDAL, Center for the Study of Local Government Law is an organic subunit of the School of Law of the University of Minho, whose purpose is the promotion of higher level research in the scope of Local Authorities Law. Supported by highly qualified researchers, NEDAL carries out its activity with the purpose of representing a Research Unit of excellence, capable of answering the questions inherent in the Law of Local Government. Based on these principles, NEDAL has developed its activity based on broad objectives, namely to plan and execute research projects, to participate in teaching programs, to develop projects of interaction with society, to disseminate knowledge through the publication of monographs and scientific journals and promote the holding of scientific and academic meetings.