In the fall of 2014 a group of ambitious people, with strong international experiences around the world joined together with the wish to provide other students and young lawyers an experience like the ones they had. As a result of their shared vision, the previous editions of the Oporto International Summer School on Law & Business were a tremendous success bringing together more than 120 participants from all over the world.


It has been a privilege to take part in the organization and development of such an ambitious and amazing project and we believe in the growth and improvement of such project in this years’ edition. Luckily, our city is one of the most beautiful in the world. Full of history and tradition, the city of Oporto is the perfect place to spend the summer and meet people from different cultures. Furthermore we are proud to have the support of the Catholic University of Portugal, with national and international prestige and recognition both in the areas of Business and Law, and we are privileged to count with the presence of some of the most relevant names in each field.


After hours of passionate work putting together all the pieces for an amazing Summer School, we are glad to finally present you with the 5th edition of the Oporto International Summer School on Law & Business.


We hope you have an amazing time!



The Organizing Committee


Academic Programme

Social Programme

The Oporto International Summer School will   provide its participants with the chance to discover Oporto, the 2nd biggest city in Portugal and the biggest in the North.

Oporto was named Best European Destination in the years of 2012, 2014 and 2017 and its historical center was considered by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage. Its not hard to figure out why.


The city unfolds along the river bank and the sea shore, to reveal charming vistas, inviting esplanades and all the pleasures of the outdoors, framed by its green spaces.

There will be one day fully-reserved to sightseeing, during which the participants will have the opportunity to see the bridges, Sé do Porto, Torre dos Clérigos and Ribeira, where they will be able to experience the genuinity of Oporto’s preserved traditions and culture.

There will be, of course, time to taste Oporto’s traditional dish – the Francesinha – and the Port Wine, two worldly renowned flavours that charm even the more sceptic tasters.

It will be a pleasure to the Organizing Committee to share the beauties and of this city with the participants. We’ll try not only to make it hard to leave, but to make it even harder not to come back.

The scheduled activities for the week will include:

  • Parties

  • Barbecue

  • Pub Crawl

  • Sightseeing

  • Boat Trip

  • Visit to the vineyards in the Douro Valley

  • Gala Ball

The topic for the V Oporto International Summer School is Law and Business. In a fast-paced globalizing world, students and young lawyers are often challenged with tasks that require not only legal knowledge, but also pratical business insight. Our aim is to provide the participants a hands-on approach of the main areas where law and business collide.

Therefore, this years academic program will address the following areas:

  • Intellectual Property

  • Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Tax Law

  • Arbitration

  • Banking & Finance

  • Negotiation

  • Competition Law

  • International Economic Law

  • Data Protection

You will find an heterogeneous list of speakers from law firms, consulting firms, universities and specialised organisations

The lectures will be held at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Foz Campus), the eldest Law School in Oporto and highly-renowned in Portugal and internationally. The lectures include theoretical classes and more pratical parts.
By the end of this course you should have introductory notions about some of the trending and most required transversal areas of expertise for new corporate professionals.


The participants will be accomodated at Spot Hostel, which is located in downtown Oporto, 3 minutes (walking distance) away from Avenida dos Aliados, the historic center of Oporto.

The hostel is located in Gonçalo Cristóvão street, the heart of the Oporto’s shopping district. During the night and not far away from the hostel, Oporto has numerous bars and clubs where you can have fun all night long.

You can expect a busy and crowded commerce area during the days and a wild nightlife spot during the nights.

The hostel, which is fully-reserved to the participants, has a total of 11 rooms (54 beds), 2 bathrooms and 9 showers, a fully equipped kitchen, wi-fi, a living room and a terrace large enough to hold parties and barbecues.

The staff is helpful and friendly and will help you to make the most of your stay!


The F.A.Q. will provide answers to some of the most relevant questions. If you read it and something is still unclear, please contact us at elsa@porto.ucp.pt

1.   When and where does the Law & Business Oporto International Summer School take place?

The Law & Business Oporto International Summer School will be held on July  2022 in Oporto, Portugal, and the academic programme will take place at Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Centro Regional da Foz.

2.   Are there any requirements to apply?

Besides being able to understand and speak English, there will be Covid restrictions according with the Government restrictions.

3.   I want to apply together with a friend or colleague, is that possible?

Yes, it is, please fill the applicable fields in the application form. Please be aware that you will be tied together in the selection process, which means that the application results will be the same for both.

4.   I need a VISA authorisation to participate, can you create a letter of invitation?

Yes, we can, please state so in the application form.

5.   What deadlines do I need to respect?

You must submit your application until the. 

6.   How should I travel to Portugal?

We suggest you book a flight to the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, located in Oporto. 

7.   The deadline for applying is over and I forgot to do it, what now?

In case of insufficient number of high quality applications the Organizing Committee may open an Additional Application period.

8.   Do I need to bring a computer?

Bringing a computer is not mandatory, but it might be useful, so it is up to you.

9.   What sort of clothes do I need to bring?

We encourage participants to always check the weather forecasts before packing. To attend the lectures the participants should wear semi-formal clothes. The Gala Ball requires cocktail clothes.

10.   Some of the information I submitted in my application form has changed. What do I do now?

Please sent us and email stating so.

11.   Is there a special fee in case I don't want to be accommodated during the event?

No. The event has a strong social and networking component and we definitely want to provide the full experience to every participant.