In the Persons group, the key word is THE PERSON.
The research focuses on the Person in all its dimensions:

  • Human being;
  • Being in evolution;
  • Being with the other;
  • Family being;
  • Social being;
  • Legal, biological, ethical, moral being…
  • Subject of rights.

Group Coordinator

Research Projects (ongoing)

From Human Rights to Children's Rights

Based on the expertise of a transdisciplinary team made up of researchers from different areas, such as Law, Psychology, Education, Sociology, History, Health, International Relations, Marketing and Statistics, the aim of this project is to help improve the dissemination and application of specific legislative guidelines and regulations on children’s rights in Portugal, Spain and Brazil, with special attention to the CRC. To do this, as a first step, it is necessary to find out the current state of affairs. In order to carry out this task – applying the Questionnaire to be constructed “Being a Child with Rights” – we will survey children, parents and teachers on the degree of knowledge and compliance with the actions set out in the CRC so that, in a second phase, based on the results obtained, we can design Parental Training programmes and, within this framework, implement Training actions for professionals in the fields of Psychology, Education, Law, Health, Social Work and other related areas. Finally, we intend to use the results and disseminate them to academia and relevant stakeholders – policymakers, educators and civil society in general – to increase the transfer of knowledge and progress in this field.
Two scientific events will be held and papers presented at national and international conferences. congresses. The research resulting from the work will be published in national and international journals.

Human rights applied in the context of prison and the city

The city and the prison are two important places for the materialisation of human rights. The city is the space in which people live, work, study, socialise and carry out their daily activities. It is in this space that human rights are most directly experienced and can be guaranteed or violated. For example, the right to freedom of expression can be exercised in the city through public demonstrations, debates, publications and other forms of cultural expression. The right to adequate housing is also exercised in the city, as people need a place to live in dignity. Prison, on the other hand, is a place where human rights are often violated. People deprived of their liberty are in a vulnerable situation and exposed to various types of violence, such as torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. It is therefore essential that people deprived of their liberty have their human rights guaranteed, such as access to dignified treatment, health, food, access to education and culture, and the right to a fair trial.
Therefore, both the city and the prison are important places for the materialisation of human rights, and it is necessary to adopt public policies and practices that guarantee the effectiveness of these rights in these spaces.

From this perspective, this research proposal intertwines the two spaces from the perspective of human rights, looking in particular at how certain peripheral neighbourhoods nourish the demographic density of the prison, which is a kind of microcosm of the city that houses it.

Consumer Law - New Approaches in the Digital Economy

The present project aims to host, frame, organize and support research studies and their results, developed by the universe of IJP members, in the various dimensions of Consumer Law, focusing on reflection and discussion of issues and challenges that the Digital Economy presents us today, tracing paths and seeking solutions that, in practice, respond and make effective as possible the primacy of consumer protection or the vulnerable party in consumer relations. Mainly through innovative approaches and / or renewed looks, to the extent that, as taught by Heraclitus of Ephesus (540-470 BC), “life is a flow, a constant becoming …”. In this sense, the project intends to accompany the vertiginous evolution of the complex regulatory framework of Consumer Law, national and international – especially European – caused by information and communication technologies (ICT); as well as to contribute to more knowledge and better scientific production, through various initiatives to be detailed in its own headquarters. It also aims to provide special guidance and support to research work for Masters, PhD and post-doctoral courses that may be framed within the Project’s theme, always under the guidance and supervision of specialists integrated researchers of the IJP.

Prison as a means of reintegration - And after freedom, what future? (ReSocial)

Based on interviews conducted in two Portuguese prisons, we intend to analyse the perspectives about the role of social reintegration in the lives of inmates, to find out the tools available to EPs to assist them in this process, as well as to ascertain, through surveys, the difficulties and possible improvements that can be introduced for the reintegration of inmates into society.

Health4All in the 21st Century

The Health4All Research Project is a collaborative effort between the Portucalense Institute for Legal Research, the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, and the International Chair of Bioethics. The collaboration of these three institutions in this research project brings together a multidisciplinary team of experts who can comprehensively tackle the complex issues related to health policies, sustainability, and bioethics. The project is a research activity of the International Chair of Bioethics Unit functioning at UPT, which underscores the ICB’s commitment to advancing knowledge in the field of bioethics and promoting ethical practices in healthcare.

Health policies are critical in ensuring individuals have access to quality healthcare services. However, it is essential to ensure that health policies align with sustainability and bioethical principles. This research project explores the intersection of health policies, sustainability, and bioethical issues. The studies will employ a mixed-methods approach involving qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. The findings of our research will provide insights into how health policymakers can create sustainable healthcare systems that prioritize ethical principles and ensure the well-being of patients and the planet.

Research Projects (finished)

Past and Present of Human Rights

Its objective is make an interdisciplinary study of Human Rights based on the sciences of Law and History. It contains a macro project and two sub-projects: one about the Human Rights of the Children; another one about the Human Right of Security.

Human Rights of Migrants and Refugees

Investigates these rights from the perspectives of Law, History and interdisciplinary approach

Indicators of Valuation of Citizenship and Penal System. Human Rights Approach

Its principal objective is the study of prisons from the perspective of Human Rights. Integrates the project with the same object ubicated in Brazil, and with research centers in Portugal, Spain and Italy, under the general coordination of Prof. José Euclimar Menezes

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