The Research Centre for Justice and Governance (JusGov) is dedicated to advancing research and scholarship in Law by pursuing an innovative interdisciplinary research programme, engaging in international research networks, investing in a strong dissemination strategy, providing policy relevant research and legal expertise of interest to governments, practitioners and other stakeholders, and contributing to the scientific initiation and advanced training of early stage researchers. Taking advantage of its location at the University of Minho, JusGov aims to position itself as a research hub for legal studies in Northern Portugal by bringing together IRs based at the University of Minho and at the Polytechnic Institutes from the region. JusGov seeks to explore the role of law in meeting contemporary societal challenges such as those identified by the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and particularly the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the achievement of gender equality, the provision of access to justice for all, and the building of effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels. Developed by six interconnected research groups, its research programme covers basic and applied research to be conducted by an interdisciplinary team of lawyers and non-lawyers (from the fields of Criminology, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Economics) and frequent collaborations across disciplinary lines (e.g. with Computer Engineering and Health Sciences).
JusGov is the result of a merger of two research centres previously based at the Law School of the University of Minho (UM) – the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Human Rights (DH-CII) and the Centre of Studies in European Union Law (CEDU).