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R&D Institutions

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

Unidade de I&D

Centro de Estudos, Jurídicos, Económicos e Ambientais [LAW-LVT-Lisboa-4053] visitada em 02/02/2008

Classificação: Good

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
The centre consists of six groups, whose memberships range from five to thirty-seven. Individually some of the groups appear to have a clear focus and well-defined research and publication projects. This is especially true of group 4053/44. However, as a unit, the groups do not seem to have acquired coordination and a significant sense of common purpose to enable them to bring together the subjects they intend to study. Some of the subjects could be brought together. Others may be pursued in splendid isolation such as the commentary on private law and the project on direito consuetudinario in Angola. Therefore, the panel considers the unit to be somewhat artificial and got the impression that the coordinator of the unit was rather detached from the concerns of the groups. The panel was nevertheless positively impressed by the clarity of the groups’ research plans: some of them appeared to have clear ideas about the outputs that would result from their proposed projects together with specific time-lines for their achievement. Also, they were aware of their weaknesses and the steps needing to be taken to overcome them such as the appointment of an international peer review panel for the journal, Polis. On the whole the units are endeavouring to enhance their interactions with institutions in Europe and beyond and at least in one case, the group in question – that is the group concerned with the history of law and legal philosophy – has requested funding for translator services. The panel noted the absence of the mention of any kind of collaborative project that would bring together the members of the different groups, despite the potential for cross-fertilisation presented by the various topics being considered within the unit.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
Ciências Jurídico-Económicas [RG-LAW-LVT-Lisboa-4053-48]
This group is dedicated to a once most promising area of research, law and economy, which has lost a lot of its importance since the demise of the Soviet Union and the challenges posed by state socialist countries.
The group has recaptured practical relevance by directing a substantial part of its activities towards taxation problems in the wider legal context. However this focus has also caused an apparent loss of the important consideration of the wider framework of law and economics. This theme cannot and should not be reduced to tax law problems.
Direito do Trabalho [RG-LAW-LVT-Lisboa-4053-46]
The Group has very good and overall relevant outputs. A broadening of their focus to include legal developments in South and North America, and to propagate their work in North and South America, would be advisable to ensure greater relevance. Currently the work of the group is too much focussed on non-English speaking Europe and the Iberic countries. Their tuition output is good
Direito Privado Internacional [RG-LAW-LVT-Lisboa-4053-45]
The research outputs are of a particularly high quality and are internationally known and renowned. They cover some of the most difficult areas of specialisation in private international law.
The productivity is exceptional considering the relatively small size of the group.
More could be done to propagate the work of the group globally, especially in other Portuguese speaking countries, especially Macau, to thereby participate and contribute to the important reform works in progress in PR China on a new private international law code
The postgraduate teaching outputs are equally impressive.
Direito Público e Teoria Política [RG-LAW-LVT-Lisboa-4053-44]
Considering that the Group counts nine fully qualified academics (PhDs) plus 9 juniors, outputs are relatively poor and exceedingly focused on the Group leader.
Research outputs focus primarily on Portuguese and Spanish academic audiences, and on propagating continental European legal concepts and developments to the Portuguese legal fraternity. There is no attempt at widening the internationalisation effort to North and South America or the group of Portuguese Speaking countries (CPLP), which via Macau includes an opening into China.
Research topics are mostly Eurocentric, abstract and theoretical and partly lacking in originality.
Postgraduate teaching outputs are above average and very good.
História e Filosofia do Direito [RG-LAW-LVT-Lisboa-4053-49]
This small group achieved exceptional productivity and exemplary relevance, in particular by establishing links and extending research into some of the CPLP/PALOP countries, notably Angola and Cap Verde. There are a number of international conferences that are extremely valuable judging by their themes. The internationalisation indicators are generally most encouraging and should serve as an example to other units. Research has understood to combine classic and leading edge research in legal history with highly relevant contemporary subjects. The outlook into the future is very ambitious and the limited number of researchers in the group may impose limitations. Unfortunately, postgraduate tuition is weak, but this will be a natural result of the fact that the area of research of this group is not generally popular.
Investigação Jurídica e Ambiental [RG-LAW-LVT-Lisboa-4053-47]
Productivity is impressive but must be considered against the fact that this is a very large group with 37 members. International propagation has been attained but could be better. Topics and research focus are good but mainstream and not particularly original. There is no apparent interest in the challenges relating to environmental law in the third world.