In line with the “Open Science” policy, our aim is to ensure that the public has unrestricted access to a vast literature. CEDIS thus contributes, with national funds from FCT, I.P., to the NOVA School of Law Library, a public library that provides books, journals, databases and other online resources. Our library serves not only our researchers, but also all citizens, and is widely used by students, legal professionals, researchers and organisations outside our institution.

The Library’s homepage can be accessed at this link.


I) Documentary fund

CEDIS has contributed to building up the Library’s document collection, which currently comprises around 40,000 titles of monographs and a commitment to digital support; 255 titles of periodicals, 153 of which are foreign publications. Mainly centred on the area of Law, you can nevertheless find works on Philosophy, Political Thought, Sociology, Economics, History, etc. Legal and general reference works (dictionaries and encyclopaedias) are also available for local consultation.

The Library Catalogue can be accessed at link.

II) Digital database

CEDIS has also contributed to making digital databases available. Several of these databases require subscriptions, most of which are paid for by CEDIS using FCT funds. Some of them are as follows:


B-on . The Online Knowledge Library (b-on) provides research and higher education institutions with unlimited and permanent access to the full texts of thousands of scientific journals and ebooks online from some of the most important content providers, through nationally negotiated subscriptions.
Cambridge Core. Cambridge Core is a sophisticated, high-performance online platform that provides readers with the main academic output of Cambridge University Press. Here you can find books, articles and other publications online, as well as other content published by member publishers such as Edinburgh University Press, Facet Publishing, the University of Adelaide Press, among others.
DIÁRIO DA REPÚBLICA ELETRÓNICO. Value-added electronic Official Gazette
JSTOR. JSTOR is a full-text database with retrospective archives. Available collections: Art & Sciences I, Art & Sciences II, Art & Sciences III.
Kluwer Law Online. Database with access to specialised scientific journals on international legal issues in different practice areas, written by experts from all over the world and published by Wolters Kluwer; IEL Labour Law, Encyclopedia of International Labour Law, which provides practical information and valuable insights into national and international legal frameworks in 25 practice areas, written by more than 1,200 renowned experts from around the world; A collection of high-quality handbooks that are a valuable aid to exploring the ever-changing international legal landscape, in areas such as Business and Commercial Law, Litigation, Labour Law and Transport Law.
Kluwer Arbitration. is the world’s leading online resource for international arbitration research. It contains a wealth of comments from specialised authors and an extensive collection of primary source materials. What’s more, as a subscriber, you get access to exclusive materials, including ICC cases and awards. The plataform Kluwer Law Online contains:
  • Complete collection of academic journals;
  • A growing selection ofpapers;
  • Navigable tables of contents;
  • Bibliographic information in HTML format;
  • Full-text documents in PDF format (to view and print PDF files, please install the free Adobe Reader);
  • Advanced navigation and search functionality within and between titles;
  • Available online 3 to 4 weeks before print publication.
Legis-PALOP. As part of the Project to Support the Development of the Judicial Systems of the PALOP, and within the framework of the PALOP II Regional Indicative Programme, financed by the 9th European Development Fund (EDF) and the Portuguese Institute for Development Support (IPAD), the Legis-PALOP Legal Database is an ambitious project to provide a platform for knowledge and sharing of legal information between the Portuguese-speaking African countries and for all those who wish to learn about these legal systems.
NOVA DISCOVERY. Multi-resource meta-search platform containing journal articles in full-text, ebooks, the bibliographic catalogues of the UNL libraries, etc.
Oxford Academic. Oxford Academic is the academic research space of Oxford University Press (OUP)is the world’s largest university publishing house. It serves global communities of academics, researchers and teachers by publishing research in various fields of study. On this platform, you can find and examine books and academic journals published by Oxford University Pressas well as by a wide range of university publishers and renowned academic organisations.
WEB OF SCIENCE. The Web of Science (formerly Web of Knowledge) is today’s leading research platform, helping you to quickly find, analyse and share information in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. You get integrated access to high-quality literature through a unified platform that connects a wide variety of content with a seamless search.