Scientific Events

CEDIS has been playing a crucial role in promoting interdisciplinary and international collaboration. Between 2018 and 2023, through the (co-)organization of 258 international conferences and scientific events, CEDIS facilitated dialogue among researchers, government and judicial figures (e.g., Albie Sachs), academics (e.g., Balibar), and representatives of civil society. Students actively participated as speakers or co-organizers. The outcomes were disseminated through podcasts, blogs, and videos, leveraging social media networks. Additionally, CEDIS organized and promoted student participation in national and international moot court simulations, achieving resounding success.

For instance, throughout 2023, NOVA BHRE organized dozens of events featuring high-level speakers, such as government representatives (including 3 Portuguese State Secretaries), members of European institutions (notably European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, and Vice-President of the European Parliament, Heidi Hautala), members of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, UN officials, the Secretary-General of the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, companies, law firms, academics, and NGOs from 5 continents. Students played an active role in these events, delivering opening or closing speeches, acting as session chairs, or serving as young ambassadors.

As another example, the Knowledge Centre SPARC hosted the Summer Course on Space Law and Policy of the ECSL and collaborated with the Portuguese Space Agency and the Portuguese Air Force. SPARC has also been the National Contact Point for the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) since its establishment in 2018, comprising Europe’s most renowned space law experts. SPARC has regularly collaborated with ECSL, having organized the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition in 2018 and the “Summer Course on Space Law and Policy” in 2022