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Business Law

Code 12673
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Ciências Sociais e Jurídicas
Entry requirements None
Mode of delivery --Face-to-face.
Work placements --Doesn´t apply.
Learning outcomes This Course Unit aims to familiarize students with the fundamental concepts of Introduction to the Study of Law and, in particular, the ones that are more used in commercial law and teach them how to resolve problems intrinsic with the trade applying the write legal rules.
At the end of the course the student should be able to critically analyze the role and necessity of the law, its sources and its different branches, understand and explain the basic concepts of the commercial law, including commercial acts, traders and companies; to describe the specific rules applicable to acts of trade and the special obligations of the trader; distinguish the main types of companies and their regime and training process, and resolve and discuss case studies with the correct application of the legislation.
1. Approach to the concept of law
2. The sources of law
3. The legal relationship
4. Divisions of law.

1. Object and scope of company law: Acts of commerce:
2. The company as a subject (the entrepreneurs):
3. Brief reference to the special regime applicable to acts of trade
4. Status of traders: special obligations for traders
5. The commercial establishment and the individual limited liability establishment (EIRL):

1. Notion of society
2. Elements of the generic notion of society
3. The commercial company
4. Types of commercial companies
5. Incorporation of commercial companies
6. Personality and legal capacity of commercial companies
Main Bibliography 1.Principal:

1. ABREU, Jorge Manuel Coutinho de, Curso de Direito Comercial, Vol. I e II, Almedina/Coimbra, 2019 (12º ed. e 6ª ed., respetivamente).

2. MAIA, Pedro, RAMOS, Maria Elisabete, MARTINS, Alexandre Soveral, DOMINGUES, Paulo de Tarso, Estudos de Direito das Sociedades, Almedina, Coimbra, 2013 (11ª edição).

3. SILVA, Germano Marques da Silva, Introdução ao estudo do direito, Universidade Católica Editora, Lisboa, 2015.


1. CORDEIRO, António Menezes, Manual de Direito Comercial, Almedina, Coimbra, 2012 (3ª edição);

2. CORREIA, Miguel Pupo, Direito Comercial- Direito da Empresa, Ediforum, Lisboa, 2011 (12ª edição);

3. MARQUES, Mário Reis, Introdução ao Direito, Vol. I, Almedina, Coimbra, 2012 (2ª edição).

4. AMARAL, Freitas do, Manual de Introdução ao Direito, Vol. I, Almedina, Coimbra, 2014.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Students can choose one of the followingt evaluations: a) continuou evaluation; b) or final exam.

a) students are subject to two written tests, each worth 50% of the final grade of the curricular unit but the student cannot give more than 5 faults;

b) students do just one final exam, informing the teatcher 15 days befor the exam, by email

Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-02-14

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