VdA Chair in Digital Governance


Católica Global School of Law and Católica Lisbon School of Law are proud to present the VdA Chair in Digital Governance.

VdA Chair in Digital Governance

The Chair signals Católica’s strategic focus on the crossroads between Law, Technology and Digital Economy, as well as on the internationalization of legal education and research. The Chair arises as a product of the close collaboration between Católica and Vieira de Almeida, reinforcing the connection of the schools to professional practice, and enhancing the employability opportunities of the students.

In the words of Rector Isabel Capeloa Gil, “the VdA Chair in Digital Governance (…) substantiates the School’s drive to partner with external stakeholders to attract global talent. In an increasingly competitive environment for companies and universities alike, the partnership with Vieira de Almeida reflects a joint ambition to train lawyers according to the best standards and create value on a supranational scale.”

The VdA Chair in Digital Governance was attributed to Professor Miguel Poiares Maduro, an international reference in the teaching and research of law, namely EU Law and Constitutional Law, and current Dean of Católica Global School of Law.


Dean and VdA Chair in Digital Governance holder at Católica Global School of Law. Miguel Poiares Maduro is Doctor of Laws by the European University Institute (Florence), first winner of the Rowe and Maw Prize and winner of the Prize Obiettivo Europa, Miguel Poiares Maduro was honoured by the President of the Portuguese Republic with the Order of Sant'Iago da Espada for literary, scientific and artistic merit and was awarded the Gulbenkian Science Prize in 2010.

He is the Director of the Future Forum at the Gulbenkian Foundation and Visiting Professor of the School of Transnational Governance at the European University Institute where he was Professor and Director. He is Co-Director of the Academy of International Trade Law (Macao) and has been Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar at Harvard Law School, a regular Visiting Professor at Yale Law School, the College of Europe, Keio Law School (Tokyo) and the Centro de Estudios Constitucionales (Madrid) and taught at the London School of Economics, the Chicago Law School and Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Former Advocate General at the European Court of Justice, former member of the EU High Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism and former Chairman of the Governance and Review Committee of FIFA. He was also Minister Adjunct to the Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development in Portugal.

Miguel Poiares Maduro belongs or has belonged to the editorial or advisory board of several law journals, including the European Law Journal and the Common Market Law Review, and was founding editor of Global Constitutionalism. He has published, in several languages, on issues of EU law, constitutional law, human rights law, governance and international economic law. Democracy in Times of Pandemic (with Paul Kahn) is his more recent book. 



João Vieira de Almeida

Senior Partner at Vieira de Almeida

Sponsoring the Vieira de Almeida Chair in Digital Governance, by Prof. Miguel Poiares Maduro, means much more than just fulfilling our strong commitment to both the development of the legal ecosystem in Portugal and the longstanding relationship with Católica Global School of Law. It is a unique opportunity to invest in the imperative exploration of the novel digital challenges, with the guidance of a leading thinker and researcher in the new fields of law.