Lifelong Learning

Comparative law is, deservedly, gaining more and more attention and credit in the academic and professional worlds. A myriad of «specialized» comparative laws is blossoming, such as comparative constitutional law, administrative comparative law, labour comparative law, and so many more. It is indeed becoming much relevant in such issues as law reform, understanding the current cosmopolitan world, academic research, and so on. It has several other functions some of which are not much known in fields such as conflicts of law, international criminal cooperation, and many others. It should be more studied and it does enrich a student juridical background in many ways and endows the students with new relevant legal tools, both theoretical and from the praxis. The approach and materials will be modern and updated and will depart from the already outdated classical approaches and issues.


Instructor:Mr. Paulo Cardinal
Duration:10 Hours (5 Sessions)
Date:15 January to 29 January 2024
Time:Mon, Fri 19:00 – 21:00
Location:University of Saint Joseph – IIha Verde Campus
Delivery of Mode:Face-to-face Lecture
Tuition Fee:MOP1,760
Targeted Participants:Public workers, Lawyers and jurists in general that understand and wish to explore that Macau is a juridical laboratory in terms of comparative law and in which legal comparisons are very common and relevant, be it in law making, being in contract making namely with Hong Kong and Mainland. It is also a very important tool for all those that wish to better their knowledge, to reinforce its understanding of Law in general and of several fields of law in particular. Macau is not an isolated «legal» island and it is in a context of a legal world more and mores cosmopolitan, more and more connected, more and more mutually influenced and those who wish to further explore these topics will have a very good opportunity with this course


💡Tuition fee special offered available for: 

5% Discount (MOP 1,672)

  • Early-bird application
    ** Applicants who submit a complete course enrollment on or before 15 December 2023 will enjoy the early-bird special offer in this course. Registrants will be notified of enrollment details via E-mail and SMS after we receive the registration. Don’t miss it!

10% Discount (MOP 1,584)

  • USJ working staff and students
  • Members of AAUSJ (Alumni Association of USJ)
  • Next of kin relationship (spouses, children, and parents), for current internal staff, USJ students, and members of AAUSJ
  • Former LLO students

Notes: the D.S.E.D.J. 2023-2026 Continuing Education Development Subsidy Scheme is NOT available for this course.

Remarks: the above Conditions of eligibility are subject to the terms in the “Policy of Lifelong Learning Public Programmes Tuition Fee Discount” (LLO-529). The full version is available on the LLO website (click here), please be sure to read the Terms and Conditions contained in this document carefully since any use of this tuition fee discount for lifelong learning public courses constitutes your acceptance of the Terms and Conditions set out herein. In the event of any dispute concerning the matters in this document, the Lifelong Learning Office of the University of Saint Joseph reserves all rights to make the final decision.

Main bibliography: 

UWE KISCHEL, Comparative Law, 2019

PAULO CARDINAL, The Role and Influence of Portuguese Law In the Macau Sar of PR China – Issues and perspectives, in Portugal in the Lusophone World: Law and Geopolitics, (Paulo Duarte, Rui Albuquerque and António Tavares, eds.), Palgrave, 2023, pp. 65 – 86

Further bibliography:

DÁRIO MOURA VICENTE – Direito Comparado – Volume I, 2020 (portuguese)

UGO MATTEI, Three Patterns of Law: Taxonomy and Change in the World’s Legal Systems, American Journal of Comparative Law, 1997

IGNAZIO CASTELLUCCI, Legal Hybridity in Hong Kong and Macau, McGill LJ 665, 2012, pp. 665–720

TONG IO CHENG/SALVATORE MANCUSO, New Frontiers of Comparative Law, LexisNexis, 2013

H. GLENN PATRICK, Legal Traditions of the World: Sustainable Diversity in Law, 2010

PETER DE CRUZ, Comparative Law in a Changing World, 2007

MATHIAS REIMANN/REINHARD ZIMMERMANN, The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Law, (2nd edit), 2019

MATHIAS SIEMS, Comparative Law, CUP, 2018

GEOFFREY SAMUEL, An Introduction to Comparative Law Theory and Method, 2014

JORGE GODINHO, Uma soberania, dois sistemas sociais, três tradições jurídicas: o sistema jurídico de Macau e a família romano-germânica, in III Jornadas Direito e Cidadania da Assembleia Legislativa, 2016 (Portuguese)


A three-step flow of “Registration, Notification, Enrolment” applies.

Applicants should first register (through methods listed in the “Registration” section on our website) during the application period of a Programme. Accepted Registrants will be notified through SMS and they must complete the application process in person during the period mentioned in the SMS, with a valid copy of Macao Resident ID Card.

A certificate of completion will be issued for participants fulfilling an attendance rate of 70%.

Withdrawal applications must follow stated policies.

Remark: Programmes may be cancelled due to insufficient registration.