The Team



The Ius Gentium Conimbrigae

Based at the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra was created in 1995 the Institute of International Law and Cooperation with the Portuguese-speaking States and Communities - "IUS GENTIUM CONIMBRIGAE" (IGC), also named Human Rights Centre since 2000. IGC, the first university centre of education and research in the area of Human Rights in Portugal, mainly aims at studying and understanding the contemporary international problems and those that historically are of interest to Portugal and other Portuguese-speaking States, peoples and communities, from a multidisciplinary perspective, though mainly juridical.

Besides its research and publication activities, the IGC is particularly active in the area of education, through the regular organisation of the Post-Graduation Course in Human Rights, the Course in Peace Operations and Humanitarian Action, the Summer Course and the Autumn Conferences. The IGC offers services, namely education, technical support and consultancy, including opinions, studies, legislative drafting and independent external evaluation of projects and entities in the area of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. The IGC´s partners and targets are public (ministries, schools, courts, etc.) and private entities (enterprises, associations, foundations, etc.), civilian and military entities, both national and foreign.

The IGC’ technical and teaching staff is composed by professors of the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra, invited lecturers, national or foreign, namely Portuguese-speaking, and by professionals or experts with recognised scientific and professional merit in the teaching or research areas of the Institute.

The Institute promotes the idea of working in partnership and, thus, privileges the establishment of cooperation protocols with similar national and foreign institutes, namely Portuguese-speaking, with other Universities, UN agencies and entities who work on the issues related to the scope of the IGC. Exchange with individuals and national and foreign entities of recognised merit is frequent.