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Margarida Lima Rego is (tenured) Associate Professor and Vice-Dean at NOVA School of Law, NOVA University, Lisbon, where she has lectured regularly since 2005.
She is scientific coordinator of the Master’s in Law and Financial Markets and of the School of Law’s PhD Programme in Law. She also coordinates the NOVA Knowledge Centre for Data-Driven Law. She is currently in charge of the courses of Law of Obligations (undergraduate) and Insurance Law (master’s).
As an academic, she has taught different courses and published in a wide range of topics within Private Law, with a special focus on Contract Law. Previously, as a practitioner, she was very active in the areas of civil and commercial law. She was Of Counsel to Morais Leitão, where she headed the insurance, reinsurance and pension funds cross-practice team, having left the firm in July 2019 to pursue her academic career on a full time basis. As an attorney, she provided regular legal counselling in the setting up of varied operations on behalf of domestic and international clients, and in the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts, with an emphasis on insurance. She is still an active legal consultant who is regularly sought on varied subject matters of Portuguese and Lusophone Law, having contributed to dispute resolutions before the courts of several jurisdictions in Europe, Africa and North and South America.
Margarida Lima Rego was a member of the Portuguese Bar between 2002 and 2019. Current positions include: President of AIDA Portugal; Executive Committee and Scientific Committee of AIDA Europe; Presidential Council of AIDA World. Chairwoman of the Commercial Law and Practice Commission of the Portuguese chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce.
Education: • PhD in Private Law (NOVA University, Lisbon, 2009) • MPhil in Contract Law (Oxford University, 2001) • MJur in European and Comparative Law (Oxford University, 2000) • Law Degree (Lisbon University, 1999).
Publications Highlights: • Contrato de seguro e terceiros (2010) • “A promessa de exoneração de dívida a terceiro” (2011) • “O contrato de sociedade como documento” (2012) • Temas de direito dos seguros (2012, 2016) • “Decisões em ambiente de incerteza: probabilidade e convicção na formação das decisões judiciais” (2013) • “Statistics as as basis for discrimination in the insurance business” (2014) • “Product oversight and customer demands and needs: contract law implications” (2018) • “Manifesto contra a subversão do contrato” (2018) • Regulación del contrato de seguro en Portugal y España (2018, 2019) • “Insurance in today’s sharing economy: new challenges ahead or a return to the origins of insurance?” (2020) • “Compensatio lucri cum damno in Portugal” (2020) • Insurance and human rights (2022).

Research interests

  • Civil and Commercial Contracts
  • General Contract Theory
  • Insurance Law
  • Obligations
  • Technological Innovation in Financial Markets and its impact on general Contract Law
  • The use of scientific evidence as a basis for judicial or legal decisions in general
  • Data-Driven Law
  • Human or Fundamental Rights and their impact on Contract Law issues
  • Discrimination
  • Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Private Law, Doctorate, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

1 Sep 200430 Mar 2009

Award Date: 30 Mar 2009

MPhil in Law, Master, University of Oxford

1 Sep 199930 Nov 2001

Award Date: 30 Nov 2001

MJur in European and Comparative Law, Master, University of Oxford

1 Sep 199930 Oct 2000

Award Date: 30 Oct 2000

Law, Bachelor, Universidade de Lisboa

1 Sep 199429 Jul 1999

Award Date: 29 Jul 1999

External positions

Member, Joint Board of Appeal of the European Supervisory Authorities

1 Dec 2021 → …

President, AIDA Portugal

1 Dec 2018 → …

Chairperson, Commercial Law and Practice Commission of the Portuguese Chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce

1 Jan 2017 → …

Of Counsel, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

1 Jun 200231 Jul 2019


  • K Law (General)
  • Contract
  • Insurance
  • Discrimination
  • Gender
  • Evidence
  • Decision Theory
  • Data-Driven Law


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