Membership Type:

Institutional Fellow



Rua dos Bragas, 223

4050-123 Porto






The Centre for Legal Research (CIJ) is a Research and Development Unit integrated into the Faculty of Law of the University of Porto (FDUP). Its main mission is to promote and develop research in legal areas with an interdisciplinary approach, both nationally and internationally.

It began its training process in 1998 and its scientific activity in 1999, with recognition and financial support from the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).

Throughout this journey, CIJ has participated in national and international projects in partnership with Portuguese and foreign universities and organisations and has provided services of significance, relevance and impact to the national and international community.

At the same time, CIJ has continuously collaborated with the FDUP, promoting and actively participating in post-graduate and masters’ courses in various areas of law.

In addition, since its foundation, the Research Unit has hosted dozens of visiting researchers from various foreign institutions.

It follows two lines of research: (1) Law, Business & Market, which encompasses studies on labour law, business law, social law and consumer rights, on civil and professional liability and on tax law; and (2) Law, Persons & Power, which encompasses studies relating to the emergence of new rights or new aspects for legal analysis, studies on public policies and regulation, on religious freedom, on Europe in the international and national context, on administrative law and on family property and succession relations.

Its research activity also focuses on research projects, Master's, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral, disseminating their results nationally and internationally through the organisation of and participation in conferences.

Finally, it is important to mention the Electronic Law Review (RED), a publication of FDUP and CIJ, which is released every four months and already has 29 volumes.

Currently, CIJ is composed of a team of 54 researchers, coordinated by Professor Graça Enes.