Professor Francisco Pereira Coutinho
Sub-Dean at NOVA School of Law (Faculdade de Direito da Universidade Nova de Lisboa), where he is also an International Law and European Union Law Professor. Member of CEDIS – Center for Law and Research on Law & Society of Lisbon Nova School. Vice-President of the Portuguese Society of International (Portuguese Branch of the International Law Association). Responsible for Nova School of Law’s organizational side of the European Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court.
João Marques de Azevedo (n. 1996) graduated with a bachelor’s in Political Science and International Relations at the Faculty of Social and Humans Sciences – Lisbon Nova University. João is currently a Master’s degree student in International and European Law at the Lisbon Nova University School of Law, having completed the academic year. His investigation is focused on International Space Law.
João attended the “European Centre for Space Law Summer Course on Space Law and Policy” (2018), where he won the Best Oralist Award.
Currently, João is the Faculty Advisor for the Nova School of Law’s moot court team that will compete at the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition 2020.
João Nuno Frazão
João Nuno Frazão is a Ph.D student at Nova School of Law (FDUNL), having completed the academic year with all seminars and the final project with current investigation in european space law. João graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Law at University of Lisbon School of Law (FDUL) and has a master’s Degree from FDUNL, with a dissertation focused on suborbital flights.
João attended the “ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy” (2014) and was the Assistant Faculty Advisor of the Nova Law School student’s team at the European Rounds of the “Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition” (2018). He is member of the “Space Generation Advisory Council” Legal Team (2018).
João is also a lawyer with 5 years of experience (in the field of litigation), being currently an associate lawyer at Vieira de Almeida & Associados (VdA) at the Information, Communication & Technology area of practice where he has been involved in several transactions. João is admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association (Ordem dos Advogados Portugueses).
Robin Bouvier is a French master graduate pursuing a Ph.D. specialized in Space Law at the Research & Development Centre for Law and Society (“Centro de Investigação e Desenvolvimento sobre Direito e Sociedade” – CEDIS) at Nova School of Law (FDUNL). After having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Law (University Pierre Mendès France, Grenoble, France, 2012), he pursued a two-year master’s Degree in International and European Law (Uni. Copenhagen, Denmark, 2013) and International and European Affairs with a specialization in European Law (Uni. of Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Bayonne, France, 2014). Beside his formation, he developed two years of experience practicing in law firms (Bayonne and Paris) and working as a European project manager/fundraiser for environmental and human rights NGOs (Surfrider Foundation Europe in France and the Institute of democratic governance in Spain). Since 2015 he acquired a particular expertise in the aerospace sector notably through his participation to the ECSL Essay Competition (2nd place, 2017). He regularly participates in high quality space law events such as the ECSL Practitioners’ Forum, the Lawyers’ Symposium (European Center for Space Law, Paris), the SIRIUS chair day (Space Institute for Research on Uses of Innovative Satellites, Toulouse) or the International Outer Space summit (Vieira de Almeida, Lisbon). In 2018, he supported the team training and logistic for the European Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition at Nova School of Law (FDUNL).
During the next years, Robin prepares the defense of a thesis related to property rights in outer space and the private space sector implementing a cooperation between the Nova School of Law and the Space Institute for Research on Uses of Innovative Satellites (Université Toulouse 1 Capitole).
Sara Pinto Ferreira
Sara Pinto Ferreira is a master’s student at Nova School of Law (FDUNL) and a trainee lawyer at Vieira de Almeida & Associados (VdA) at the Information, Communication & Technology area of practice where she has been involved in several transactions. Having graduated from the same university as top of her class, Sara has participated in and done several courses and internships, having developed a keen interest in space law. Sara attended the ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy (2016), besides doing an internship at the European Space Agency (2017) and being responsible for Nova School of Law’s organizational side of the European Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition (2018) together with Professor Pereira Coutinho.
Sara was awarded a Fulbright scholarship (2018) and the “Prémio Doutora Paula Escarameia” (2016) which will allow her to further pursue her studies and research in the US.
Paula de Castro Silveira
Paula de Castro Oliveira is a lawyer and Adjunct Professor of ISCAL – Higher Institute of Accounting and Management and of the European University.
Paula holds a PhD in Legal and Political Sciences from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon (2017), a Master in international Maritime Law from the IMO International Maritime Law Institute in Malta (2015), a Master in Environmental Legal Sciences from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon (2009) and a Law Degree from the same University
Author of national and international publications.
Registered in the Portuguese Bar Association since 2006 and in the Brazilian Bar Association since 2017.
Afonso de Freitas Dantas
Afonso Dantas is currently a law student at the University of Lisbon School of Law (FDUL), finishing his third academic year. He attended the I Postgraduation in Criminal Law of Data Protection, IDPCC, and the IV Postgraduate Course in National Defence Law, a partnership between 4 institutes of FDUL and IDN, where he obtained the final classification of 16 points out of 20 with the delivery of the dissertation “A New Frontier for Portugal: The Emergence of Dangers Resulting from the Technological Dispersion of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Civil Society”.
He completed an internship at Eduardo Paz Ferreira & Associados (2018) and, in the same year, participated in the International School of Nuclear Law, experiences that allowed him to deepen his experience and knowledge in Public International Law, Environmental Law and Nuclear Law.
His interest in Defence led him to initiate studies in the area of Space Law.
Vieira de Almeida & Associados (VdA) is a full-practice international law firm with more than 440 lawyers and legal staff based in Portugal, with offices also in Africa (especially Portuguese and French speaking African countries). VdA has a team of lawyers focused on Aviation, Space & Defence who also have long experience and expertise in ICT and new technologies. In addition to having more than 25 year experience in telecoms, where it has been advising both national and international clients and governments , VdA has been involved in several projects relating to space, acting alongside several national and international players, advising operators, Governments and regulators in projects as emblematic as they are innovative, namely in Africa, Portugal and Europe. VdA has experience and expertise in advising several countries on the development of their space activity, including space policies and laws and other relevant issues for a successful space sector.
Additionally, VdA is a member of the International Astronautical Federation and has been presenting papers at the IAF Congress for the last few years, including on space laws and policies, cybersecurity, international cooperation and space ports. VdA has also been a speaker at UN conferences on space, including the United Nations Workshop on Space Law (in Vienna), the UNISPACE+50 – High Level Forum – Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable (in Dubai) and the recent First United Nations Conference on Space Law and Policy (in Moscow).
VdA’s point of contact at SPARC: Dra. Magda Cocco, partner of the ICT practice area and with vast experience in the aerospace sector.
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