War & Law: The Future of Conflict

12 October 2023
Centro Cultural de Belém
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War is a chameleon, Clausewitz told us. It may change colour, but it is constant in essence. Motivations, technological changes, and tactical or strategic innovations do not change the nature of war – the form that war takes is constantly evolving. War is, therefore, a phenomenon in itself. In this regard, the legal or geopolitical dimensions of warfare are just one of the many aspects that comprise the state of war. These, naturally, undergo processes of mutation and adaptation.

Against this background, the conference aims to address current trends in armed conflicts, taking into consideration four axes of analysis that can help us understand the future of war and how Law is involved in the process. These key areas of digital technologiesclimate change and resource competition, privatization of conflict and identities and violent extremism, are some of the many reasons that can lead to war in the future.

The conference will involve participation of members of the Government and the armed forces, academics and international experts.

This conference is organized by Felipe Pathé Duarte and Laura Ínigo Alvarez within the framework of the 50th year anniversary of NOVA University Lisbon with the support of FCTCEDIS and Jurisnova.


Location: Sala Amália Rodrigues | Centro Cultural de Belém

9:00 | 09:30 a.m – Opening
«War and Law: The Future of Conflict»

  • Margarida Lima Rego, NOVA School of Law Dean
  • Felipe Pathé Duarte, NOVA School of Law
  • Laura Íñigo Álvarez, NOVA School of Law

Keynote speech: to be confirmed

9:30 | 11:00 a.m – Panel 1
«Digital tech and hybrid warfare»

Moderator: Armando Marques Guedes, NOVA School of Law

  • Lino Santos, Centro Nacional de Cibersegurança
  • Paulo Viegas Nunes, Exército Português
  • Chiara Redaelli, Diakonia IHL Centre
  • Sabrina Medeiros, Lusófona University

11:00 | 11:30 a.m – Coffee Break

11:30 a.m | 1:00 p.m – Panel 2
«International Humanitarian Law, climate change, and resource competition»

Moderator: Cristina Queiroz, NOVA School of Law.

  • Viriato Soromenho-Marques, Universidade de Lisboa
  • Bruno Cardoso Reis, ISCTE
  • Ana Santos Pinto, NOVA FSCH
  • Anabela Brízido, NOVA School of Law

1:00 | 2:30 p.m – Lunch Break

2:30 | 4:00 p.m – Panel 3
«Identities, radicalization, and violent extremism»

Moderator: Jeremy Sarkin, NOVA School of Law

  • Felipe Pathé Duarte, NOVA School of Law
  • Cátia Moreira Carvalho, University of Porto
  • Joana Deus Pereira, RUSI-Europe, Belgium
  • Fernando Reinares, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos/Real Instituto Elcano

4:00 | 4:15 p.m – Coffee Break

4:15 | 5:45 – Panel 4
«International Law, non-state armed groups and privatization of conflict»

Moderator: Claire Bright, NOVA School of Law

  • Laura Iñigo Alvarez, NOVA School of Law
  • Francisco Proença Garcia, Universidade Católica Portuguesa
  • Francisco Pereira Coutinho, NOVA School of Law
  • Lesley Wexler, University of Illinois

5:45 | 6:00 p.m – Final Conference

Keynote speaker: Patricia Galvão Teles, International Law Commission, UN and Autonomous University of Lisbon

  • Felipe Pathé Duarte, NOVA School of Law
  • Laura Íñigo Álvarez, NOVA School of Law
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