Introduction

The Faculty of Law offers Bachelor Degree in Law, Postgraduate Certificate in Law, Master Degree in Law in both Chinese and Portuguese Languages, and Doctor Degree in Law in Chinese, Portuguese and English Languages. The Faculty also offers Postgraduate Certificate and Master Degree in European Union Law, International Law and Comparative Law and Postgraduate and Master in International Business Law in English Language.

The teaching of Law in Macau at University level began in the academic year of 1988/1989, after the Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration, with the establishment of the Bachelor of Law Degree in Portuguese Language and it was integrated in the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau in 1991.

Our Bachelor Degree Programs provide students with a thorough understanding of the legal system of Macau and enable them to successfully conduct legal practice and research locally or abroad, and the purpose of both Master's and Doctor programs is to intensity graduates' expertise in law. Our academic staff is recruited from Macau, Mainland China, Portugal and other countries and regions.

The Bachelor Degree Program in Chinese Language (evening) was established in the Faculty of Law in the academic year of 1996/1997.

The Bachelor Degree Program in Chinese Language (daytime) was established in the Faculty of Law in the academic year of 2000/2001.

A great majority of our local graduates have engaged themselves in careers such as judges, procurators, lawyers, public notaries and leaders or as jurists in the Macau Public Administration.

Academic Objectives

The Faculty of Law of University of Macau is the oldest law school in Macao. The Faculty offers Bachelor, Postgraduate and Master of Law Programs in Chinese and Portuguese Languages, the Master and Postgraduate of Law Programs in European Union Law, International Law and Comparative Law and the Master and Postgraduate Programs in International Business Law in English Language, Faculty of Law also offers Doctoral Program in Law.

The objective of the Bachelor Programs is to prepare jurists who are familiar with Macao S.A.R. legal system; the Master and Doctoral Programs purport to educate jurists who are qualified to conduct theoretical research and teaching in Macao Law, Comparative Law, European Law and International Law, as well as knowledgeable and qualified legal professionals.

The Faculty of Law has played very important role in the localization of Macao law and jurists. The great majority of present bilingual judges, procurators, and jurists of the civil service of Macao S.A.R. are graduates from Faculty of Law of the University of Macau.

The teaching of law at the Bachelor degree is basically within the Roman-German tradition, yet, the peculiar historical background makes Macao legal system, as well as the Macao society in general, quite open to the world and to the global trends.

The teaching, even at the Bachelor level, is open to all the methodologies and substantial issues related with contemporary legal trends and with the evolution of the legal thought. European Law, International Law and Comparative Law courses are offered in both the Chinese language and Portuguese language Bachelor programs.

The teaching at the Master and Postgraduate level, especially for the programs offered in European Union Law, International Law and Comparative Law, is mostly influenced by the multi-cultural approach required by the subjects, as well as by the diversified background of the teaching staff.

The Faculty of Law has very qualified teaching staff from Macao, Mainland China, Portugal and other countries and regions. Many of them are Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors, and Ph.D. holders. The Faculty also invites regularly a number of distinguished scholars from Europe and other countries as Visiting Professors. In addition, there are some part-time teachers who are judges, prosecutors, lawyers, officials and jurists of the Macao S.A.R. civil service, and they contribute, with their considerable experience in many different areas of law, to the teaching and research at the Faculty.

The Master and Postgraduate Programs in European Union Law, International Law and Comparative Law witness the efforts of the University of Macau to be a regional and international leading higher education institution.