1st International Conference of the Jean Monnet Module on EU Insurance Law: Challenges in the SDG Era

13 and 14 July 2023 | NOVA School of Law

The main objective of this annual conference is to create a forum where scholars, practitioners, non-governmental organizations, cooperative and social sector, and state agencies with an interest in insurance will meet and discuss topics that are of interest to all, with a focus on public policy recommendations on the role of insurance in fostering sustainable development goals.

We aim to contribute to the generation of knowledge and raise awareness as to the role of insurance for the equal enjoyment of human rights and the achievement of SDGs, in line with the core values of the European Union.

In 2023, this annual conference will be devoted to SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being.

Scientific coordinators

Margarida Lima Rego, Maria Elisabete Ramos e Marival Bolivar Oñoro

Scientific Committee Members

Professors: Claire Bright, Fabrizio Esposito, Joana Campos Carvalho e Soraya Nour-Sckell
PhD candidates: Martinho Lucas Pires, Patrícia Assunção Soares e Vítor Boaventura Xavier.


Amphitheatre B, NOVA School of Law, Lisbon (hybrid format)

13 July

8:30 am – 9:00 am | Check-in

9:00 am – 9:30 am | Opening ceremony

Margarida Lima Rego, Dean NOVA School of Law
Margarida Corrêa de Aguiar, President of ASF
Cláudio Soares, NOVA University Pro-Rector and Coordinator of the NOVA Health Platform

9:30 am – 10:30 am | 1st keynote speaker

«The role of insurance in the healthcare sector: some data»

Pedro Pita Barros, BPI | Fundação «La Caixa» Chair Professor in Health Economics and Head of the Health Economics & Management Knowledge Center at NOVA SBE

Debate and Q&A

Coffee Break

11:00 am – 11:30 pm | The point of view of the regulator

Representative of ASF

11:30 am – 12:30 pm | 1st Roundtable: International perspectives

Moderator: Sónia Dias, Diretora da Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública

Angélica Carlini, UNIMES + member of AIDA Brazil

Marival Bolívar Oñoro, Univ. Alcalá + member of AIDA Spain

Debate and Q&A

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch break

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | 2nd keynote speaker

«Insurance, euthanasia and assisted suicide: some challenges»

Abel Veiga Copo, Dean of ICADE Faculty of Law, University Pontifícia Comillas


3:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Paper presentations and young scholars conference prize

Moderator: Marival Bolívar Oñoro

  • «Legislative approaches regarding the protection of consumers involved in legal relations of the provision of cross-border medical services. Improving access to health services, Desideratum for the 3rd SDG»
    Elise Nicoleta Valcu e Bogdan Radu, Romania
  • «SDG3, legal design and new technologies in life and Health insurance»
    Anthony Novaes da Silva, Brazil / Carlos Acosta Olivo, Peru

Prize-awarding ceremony: Margarida Lima Rego

Debate and Q&A

Coffee Break

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm | Insurance during the Covid-19 pandemic: the European experience

Maria Luísa Muñoz Paredes, AIDA Europe Representative

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm | 2nd Roundtable: The point of view of the market

Moderator: Maria Elisabete Ramos


  • Maria João Sales Luís, CEO of Multicare (Fidelidade Group)
  • Carlos Suarez, CEO of Victoria-Seguros
  • Ana Mota, MDS

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm | 3rd keynote speaker

«Reinsurance as a human right»

Christina S. Ho, Rutgers University

Debate and Q&A

14 July

9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Presentations by PhD and Master Students

Moderator: Marival Bolivar Oñoro

PhD students:

  • «People with Disabilities and Access to Private Health Insurance: Recent Developments in Spain», Willbemis Jerez Rivero
  • «Protecting biodiversity, protecting health: the role of insurance in protecting life on land», Vítor Boaventura Xavier

Master students:

  • «The adoption of measures to combat exclusion in health care provision by the insurance industry»
  • «Combatting exclusion on the ground of old age», Ana Sofia Pereira
  • «Combatting exclusion on the ground of mental health», Rita Calado e Ana Carolina Silva


The conference fee is 100 euros. This fee will be reduced to 50 euros in case of remote participation.

A special reduced fee of 50 euros will apply to members of AIDA.

No fee will be applied to students and persons with disabilities (proof of status is required).

All selected speakers must register for the conference but their attendance will be free of charge. The conference does not cover expenses for travel and accommodation. This does not apply to keynote speakers.


To register and/or request more information, please contact info@aida-portugal.org


This Conference forms part of the Jean Monnet Module “EU Insurance Law: Challenges in the SDG Era” (ref. no. 101085125), funded by the European Union (Erasmus+ Programme).

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