Private International Law


Private International Law (Conflict of Laws) is the legal subject which governs cases having relevant connections with different systems of law. Private International Law is a fundamental subject for students who are interested in the international field of law. Private International Law deals with the regulation of international situations via the conflict of law rules. Accordingly, the course includes a general part involving the general theory of conflict of laws, and a special part regarding the conflict of law rules in force in the Portuguese legal system.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Helena Barros de Brito


Weekly - 4.5

Total - Available soon

Teaching language



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Teaching method

The classes involve dialogue between the lecturer and the students. The teaching is practical and is based on oral and written resolution of practical cases contrived by the lecturer and on the discussion of court decisions. The teaching methodology adopted for this course includes the presentation and the discussion of theoretical concepts of law related to the reading and analysis of legal texts and of practical issues which will allow the students to come in contact with past and present reality, not only theoretical but also practical, in order to analyse and present solutions to practical problems in the classroom according to the program.

Evaluation method

Final written exam. Grades may be improved with oral presentations during the semester (Other evaluation elements - 40%).

Subject matter

The syllabus presented reflects a broad and relational perspective either between the various subjects which are in the field of study or the legal and practical realities of today. Apart from a theoretical doctrinal approach to legal concepts, it seeks to provide the students with skills required for a proper use of legal instruments essential to their future professional activity.


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