Research Activity . Research Lines and Projects

Theory of Society and Criminal Liability

Line of research objectives

  • Gaining in-depth knowledge of the institutions and categories of criminal liability in the light of the problems posed by the new perspectives of contemporary society, such as the risk society, the consumer society, the liquid society, the network society, multicultural society, etc.;
  • Analysing the relationships between Criminal Law and the different social sub-systems, such as economics, health, social security and political organisation, and their implications for the structures of criminal liability and for legislative reform;
  • Researching new behaviours and means of organising society via internet, telematics networks and their communities, and their implications for criminal procedure and for issues of security;
  • Engaging in more in-depth study of the alternatives to Criminal Law, namely regulation, soft law, compliance, the Law of Administrative Offences, etc.;
  • Conducting empirical studies on criminality in Portugal and its evolution.

Research projects

  • Criminal Law and Cultural Diversity: European and African perspectives
    To be carried out by: Group I
    Method: syllabus for a PhD subject, organisation of a seminar, international conference and publication of the proceedings.
    Duration: 36 months beginning around October 2014  
  • Medicine and criminal justice
    To be carried out by: Group I
    Method: Organisation of postgraduate courses and a PhD course in conjunction with the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon.
    Duration: 60 months beginning in 2014. 
  • Economic and Financial Criminal Law - new contributions from the theory of society for modelling criminal reaction
    To be carried out by: Group II
    Method: Organisation of postgraduate courses, conferences and publication of the proceedings and studies.
    Duration: 24 months beginning around May 2014. 
  • Social exclusion and inclusion as a guide to comparative criminal policy
    To be carried out by: Group II
    Method: research in partnership with the Andalusian Interuniversitarian Institute of Malaga.
    Duration: 24 months beginning around December 2014. 
  • Law of Regulatory Authorities
    To be carried out by: Group II
    Method: organisation of postgraduate courses, with seminars and publication of the proceedings, in conjunction with IDEFF, IVM and AdC.
    Duration: 24 months beginning around May 2016. 
  • Distinction between criminal liability and political responsibility
    To be carried out by: Group II
    Method: organisation of postgraduate, Masters and PhD courses, publication of proceedings and studies, in conjunction with the Council of Europe's Venice Commission.
    Duration: 36 months beginning around January 2014. 
  • Maltreatment, domestic violence, and abuse of children and the elderly.
    To be carried out by: Group II
    Method: research in conjunction with APAV and other social institutions providing support for the victims of maltreatment and domestic violence, with a final conference and publication of studies and proceedings.
    Duration: 24 months beginning around January 2017.