Official launch of the research project InclusiveCourts
Today is the official launch of the research project InclusiveCourts – Equality and cultural difference in the practice of Portuguese courts: Challenges and opportunities for an inclusive society, with reference no. 28229, funded by national funds through FCT/MCTES (PIDDAV), for 36 months, and promoted by the University of Minho, through JusGov, in a consortium with the Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA), based at four Portuguese universities (Nova University of Lisbon, ISCTE-IUL, University of Coimbra, and University of Minho).
This project was approved for funding under the Call for Scientific Research and Technological Development Projects in all Scientific Domains 2017, lunched by Portugal2020 and the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. Within the framework of this competition the project was assessed with an overall evaluation of 4,92 (maximum score: 5). InclusiveCourts has as Principal Investigator Professor Patricia Jerónimo, Director of JusGov, and as Co-Principal Investigator Professor Manuela Ivone Cunha, senior researcher at CRIA.
InclusiveCourts seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the legal challenges raised by cultural diversity in Europe, by looking into the practice of Portuguese courts. It focuses on the way courts deal with concepts such as identity, culture, ethnicity and religion, and on the way they balance equality and respect for cultural difference in a wide range of cases. It involves a detailed inventory and review of the cultural diversity related case law of Portuguese courts since 1976, in light of theoretical debates about multiculturalism and human rights and of the international legal framework at global and regional level. By comparing the Portuguese judicial practice with existing reports from other domestic jurisdictions, the project will advance the current state of comparative research on multicultural jurisprudence in Europe. Through the involvement of judicial actors, the project aims to identify best practices and to set up guidelines for ‘diversity aware’ courts in Portugal.