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

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 Candidate 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 a former member of the “Space Generation Advisory Council” Legal Team (2018-2020).

João is also a Lawyer, admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association, with main experience in the field of litigation, having additional experience on regulatory and public procurement.

Robin Bouvier

Robin Bouvier holds a bachelor’s degree in Law (Uni. Pierre Mendès France, Grenoble, France, 2012) and a two-year master’s degree in International and European Law (Uni. Copenhagen, Denmark, 2013) and International and European Affairs (Uni. of Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, Bayonne, France, 2014). Robin is pursuing a Ph.D. specialized in Space Law at the Nova School of Law. Since 2015, he has acquired a particular expertise in the aerospace sector notably working as partnership manager and legal advisor for Earth Observation and Space Situational Awareness projects. He regularly participates in 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 EU Green Week (European Commission, Bruxelles) to talk about space law. His article ““How Would the Outer Space Treaty Be Different If Drafted in 2017?” has been awarded during the ECSL Essay Competition (2nd place, 2017) and he supported the team training and logistics for the European Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition at Nova School of Law (2018).

During the next years, Robin is preparing the defense of a thesis on the privatization of space activities and the management of private space risks with International Space Law while pursuing his work in the space industry.

Sara Pinto Ferreira

Sara Pinto Ferreira is a Harvard Law School LL.M. graduate (Class of 2020) and Fulbright Scholar (awarded in 2018). Currently finishing a master’s degree on Arbitration and Litigation at NOVA School of Law and completing both the Portuguese and New York Bar, Sara plans to specialize in Public International Law and to be in contact with international trade and commerce, international litigation and arbitration in order to develop an understanding of international law, of the interconnections between its different fields and its relationship to domestic law. Sara worked as 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 NOVA School of Law 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.

Paula de Castro Silveira

Paula de Castro Oliveira is a lawyer and Adjunct Professor of ISCAL – Higher Institute of Accounting and Management.

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.

Vinicius Aloia

Vinicius Aloia is a Junior Legal Counsel specialized in commercial contracts for satellite services, satellite capacity, legal support to procurement and supply chain, corporate and finance at SES, a satellite operator in Luxembourg leader in global content connectivity solutions. Vinicius holds a degree from the International Space University (ISU ISP20), a Master of International and Comparative Law, focused on International Business Law, Space Law and the commercialization of outer space activities from the University of Helsinki (Finland), and a Bachelor of Laws from the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo (Brazil).

Vinicius is a prospective member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), member of the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL), a senior researcher and member of the Space Law and Policy Research Group at the Catholic University of Santos (Brazil), member of the Moon Village Association, and Project Manager of the Commercial Space Project Group of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC). Vinicius attended the ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy (2018) and worked as a Trainee in the Member States Relations and Partnerships Office, Strategy Department, of the European Space Agency (ESA). Vinicius is Assistant Faculty Advisor to the Catholic University of Santos (Brazil) team for the Latin American rounds of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition, an invited member of the Commission on Space Law of the Brazilian Bar Association, Subsection of Santos, and a full member of the Brazilian Bar Association.

Vinicius is author of international publications and presentation on topics related to Space Law and Policy, including national space legislation, exploration and use of space resources, long-term sustainability of outer space activities, on-orbit servicing, and export control.

Junior Members
Afonso de Freitas Dantas

Afonso de Freitas Dantas is currently a 4th year law student at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon (FDUL).

Afonso attended the IV Post-Graduate Course in National Defence Law, a partnership between 4 FDUL institutes and the National Defense Institute, where he obtained the final classification of 16 (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 Aircraft in Civil Society”.

He is certified by the GetGlobal Data Privacy Boot Camp (GetGlobal International), as well as by the International School of Nuclear Law (Nuclear Energy Agency – OECD and the Université de Montepellier), where he delivered the dissertation “The Non-Proliferation Treaty: Considerations on its present effectiveness as an instrument to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and how the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (if and when it enters into force) will affect the NPT’s denuclearisation goals”.

He has done internships in two law firms and one IT company, and is currently part of the Academic Association of the University of Lisbon (AAUL).

His experience in the areas of Public International Law, Cyberspace Law and Nuclear Law led Afonso to start studies in Space Law, where he pursues a branch linked to the area of Defence.

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