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What is NOVA Green Lab?

NOVA Green Lab is a knowledge centre founded in 2019 as part of the CEDIS (Centre for Research on Law and Society) the research centre of NOVA School of Law. Since October 2022, it has been coordinated by the Abreu Chair in ESG Impact, Professor Lucila de Almeida.

NOVA Green Lab aims to promote legal and multidisciplinary research in the field of environmental, climate, and energy law, with a particular focus on the challenges to the implementation of the European Green Deal in the European Union, Portugal and its global reach. Besides encouraging intensive scholarly debate, the knowledge centre may facilitate access of policymakers, civil society, stakeholders, and citizens of different generations to the knowledge needed to achieve a better and more sustainable future.

Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável

By pursuing the goals for research, education and dissemination, NOVA Green Lab proactively supports all the objectives set by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and, in particular, SDG 13 (climate action), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), and SDG 15 (life on land).


  • Conduct innovative and high-quality legal and multidisciplinary research in the field of environmental, climate and energy law, with the purpose of accelerating the transformations for a more sustainable future in Portugal, the European Union, and on the global scale;
  • Facilitate the dialogue and collaboration between academia, policymakers, stakeholders, civil society, and citizens of different generations;
  • Disseminate the knowledge created through academic publications and ensure the accessibility of the knowledge created through events, blogs, and media;
  • Engage students and early-career researchers with legal and multidisciplinary questions and methodologies aiming to solve the great challenges of climate change, energy and just transitions;
  • Promote high-level education addressed to students and professionals with the learning objective of improving awareness of the sustainability challenges and transferring skills to solve them in the realm of law.

What is CEDIS?

CEDIS (Centre for Research on Law and Society) is a research and development (R&D) unit accredited and financed by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). It is also financed by European institutions and by other institutions in the area of ​​Law and Society. Its mission is to promote the quality and innovative character of its members’ research, contributing to the development of Law.

NOVA School of Law integrates its main disciplinary areas and research teams in CEDIS. NOVA School of Law’s research policy, consistent with the mission of NOVA University of Lisbon, privileges multidisciplinary, transversality, and internationalization.

Research activities are organized into research groups and knowledge centres, which NOVA Green Lab is part, and focus on scientific fields ranging from the relationship between Law and History, Law and Social Sciences, Economics and Governance of the Sea, Human Rights and Business, International Law and European Union, Law and New Technologies, Equality Law, and Law and Security, to topics such as Environment and Sustainability, Mobility, Digital Economy, Space, Biotechnology or Artificial Intelligence.

The research strategy is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the European Union’s strategic priorities, and aims to contribute to raising the quality of scientific production with an impact on public policies and society.

What is NOVA School of Law?

NOVA School of Law was created to be at the centre of innovation in the development of legal sciences and in the teaching of Law in Portugal through its progress in research, in teaching of new disciplines, in the use of new pedagogical methodologies, and with its goal of responding to new professional training requirements.

The mission of NOVA School of Law is to be open to society, to new branches of law and to other social sciences, with specific focus on contemporary changes to public life and its inherent problems. In addition to its traditional research and teaching activities, NOVA School of Law will address the need for developing activities of debate, for collaboration and for dissemination of ideas with other sectors of society. Close relations with the most modern Law Schools in Europe and the United States are priority.

NOVA School of Law is committed to reinforcing the idea of ​​an academic community, believing that the professional mission of university law education must develop in balance with other essential functions, both cultural and scientific. From a pedagogical point of view, NOVA School of Law aims to maintain high standards of merit and evaluation.