R&D Institutions

Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Ciências Jurídicas e Ciências Políticas

Unidade de I&D

NÚCLEO DE ESTUDOS DE DIREITO DAS AUTARQUIAS LOCAIS [LAW-Norte-Braga-4076] visitada em 31/01/2008

Classificação: Very Good

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
The panel met with five representatives of the unit, the focus of which is on local government law. The unit has been in existence since July 2007.
Though very small, the unit has already contributed quite significantly to the development of the academic study of local government law in Portugal. It shows a strong team spirit, reflected in fortnightly meetings the proceedings of which are minuted. It has begun to produce two journals with international editorial boards including renowned researchers. It has been capable of attracting a large number of masters students (currently 25). Therefore it shows some potential for future growth, consolidation and the production of well-trained local-government administrators and legal advisors. The unit has commenced the implementation of an ambitious international collaborative project including colleagues from Spain, Italy and other European countries, the project being built around the idea of an international local government observatory which is due to have its first planning meeting in Venice later this year. Although the panel accepts that the local government observatory has the potential to become a significant international forum for the exchange of ideas, there may be legitimate doubts. The unit’s members have a clearly defined unity of purpose and a strong commitment to what they are doing, rightly avoiding an excessive dispersion of efforts that the panel has observed in some of the other cases it has evaluated.
Sobre os grupos de investigação