The Space Law Research Center (SPARC) is the first and currently only research group on space law in Portugal.

Created in 2018 within CEDIS, the research institute of NOVA School of Law gathers professors, researchers and PH.D. students with interest, experience and projects in this area of law, giving also prevalence to interdisciplinarity. Its purpose is to research and promote awareness of topics related to space law and related issues. Particularly, it has a goal to further develop a space law community in Portugal and to write in Portuguese on space law matters, since that is something that is currently lacking in the Portuguese-speaking academia.


The research center has as its mission to contribute to the development of Law, promoting the productivity, scientific method and research innovation in these areas, considering three main approaches:

  • an International Space Law academic approach, seeking to interact with the international community;
  • a practical approach, considering the needs and legal problems of space sector professionals; and
  • a lusophone approach, taking into consideration the Portuguese-speaking community.