Four lines of research provide the guidelines for supervision of Master’s and the Doctorate research projects, focusing on the main area “Law and Justice”.

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Power, Citizenship, and Development under the Rule of Law


This line seeks to study the fundamentals of power and authority on a governmental, international, social level as well as that of corporations with a view to investigating ethical, political, economic, and social grounds for the legitimacy of the institutions. In particular, it seeks to investigate, amongst other things, the role of taxation and distributive justice; the role of democracy and political institutions; the boundaries of governmental power and the right to punish; contemporary trends in terms of public administration and governance; the role of the market, international organizations, and international law.


Human Rights and the Rule of Law: foundations, participation, and effectiveness


This line investigates discourse in its ideological traditions and versions as well as the challenges in connection with the effectiveness of human rights under the Rule of Law, in all institutional contexts in which these rights are present – legislation, management, judicial protection, mediation, negotiation processes, amongst others – including social participation in the foundation and effectiveness thereof as conflicts are experienced by individuals, groups, or agents on various interrelational levels.


History, Power and Freedom


This line articulates the interfaces between legal knowledge and humanistic knowledge, repositioning the debates on the hiss story coal and political grounds of the law and the repercussions thereof, in the light of new interdisciplinary frameworks. It seeks to place History as a venue for reflection on the individual, Law and the Government as well as on the transformation of territories whilst recovering the constitutive tension between the individual and citizenship, history and reason, cultural studies and globalization, acknowledgment and work, identity and the collectiveness, tradition and critique.


State, Reason and History


This line investigates the State in its multiple dimensions (political, legal, philosophical, cultural, social, and strategic) encouraging reading to establish a critical dialogue vis-à-vis thought traditions. This line proposes a historical, systematic, and critical reflection of what is fair and what is political, in light of the dialectic split between rationality and historicity, the tension between power and freedom, while addressing the interdisciplinary approaches of Law and State by recovering, on domestic and foreign levels alike, the dialectics between critical-legal perspectives and political-philosophical ones, history of law, and comparative law.