• Criminal law
  • Criminology
  • Economic law
  • Environmental law
  • Labor law
  • Political theory
  • Private law
  • Public law
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The Center for Legal, Economic, and Environmental Studies (CEJEA) with its five groups, aims to promote and disseminate research in the areas of law, economics, and the environment, paying particular attention to the legal implications of the last two areas. In addition to its own projects, CEJEA collaborates on projects with researchers from universities and other Portuguese and foreign centers.

As the center is involved in issues in these three areas, there is a broader approach to the legal implications of problems, at a time when the links between these different approaches are clear: with the legal implications of economic activity and intervention or lack of environmental intervention, and with the need for a better legal system to solve the economic and environmental problems of society.

Another important feature of CEJEA's, activity, until now and increasingly in the future, is the articulation of research carried out with other institutions in Portugal and abroad. CEJEA members are often invited to participate in initiatives of other institutions, and many CEJEA initiatives are attended by invited Portuguese and foreign scholars.

The CEJEA is coordinated by Manuel Lopes Porto, with the additional support of José Domingues. The Group of Public Law and Political Theory is coordinated by José Joaquim Gomes Canotilho, the Group of Legal and Environmental Research is coordinated by Alberto Ribeiro de Almeida, the Group of Legal and Economic Sciences is coordinated by Vital Moreira, the Group of Private and Labor Law is coordinated by José Gonzalez and the Group of Criminal Law and Criminology is coordinated by Cândido da Agra.

At the operational level, CEJEA's activities are organized into research projects developed by individual researchers and mainly in project teams, especially in close liaison with researchers from other groups and units from foreign and other Portuguese universities and centers, and with the participation of post-graduate students of both the Masters and Doctoral level.

In all the investigations there is the general purpose of improving the conditions of the country by promoting competitiveness, internationalization, social inclusion, employment, sustainability, human capital formation, and efficient use of resources.

All CEJEA's research will continue to be published in international outlets, in other countries and in Portugal, in books, the minutes of Seminars and Conferences, and in journals.