Annual Conference WhatNext.Law | Spaces of the Future

We are excited to invite you to participate in the WhatNext.Law | “Spaces of the Future” Annual Event, which will take place on 6 December, between 9.15am and 12.30pm, at VdA, on Rua Dom Luís I, 28, in Lisbon.

WhatNext.Law Research Centre is the result of collaboration between Vieira de Almeida and NOVA School of Law, and was launched in 2021 by these entities.

On this day, we will address the plurality of the designs of the spaces of the future, in their various dimensions, with the intervention of specialists in these themes:

  • The world is changing at a rapid pace. New technologies, new challenges and new opportunities are shaping our future.
    What will the physical spaces of the future look like?
  • What innovations and challenges can we expect for the places where we live, socialise and work?
  • Is the universe really the limit? What is the role of the law in space exploration? Are we facing a new frontier of legality?
  • In the age of digitalisation, how will virtual spaces evolve? What are the ethical and legal challenges associated with the new virtual world?

Join us as we explore the various dimensions of “Spaces of the Future“.

We hope to be able to count on your presence and are available for any questions you may have via e-mail:



 Welcome Coffee





Paula Gomes Freire, Managing Partner | VdA


Joana Farrajota, Vice Dean | NOVA School of Law




Keynote Speaker


Pin Lean Lau, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Bio-Law | Director of Research, UK & European Chapter Responsible Metaverse Alliance | General Manager, Centre for AI : Social & Digital Innovation




Physical Spaces


Can we enjoy spaces differently?




Marco Serrão, Chief People & Spaces Officer | GALP


Jaqueline de Montaigne, Painter & Muralist


José Cardoso Botelho, CEO | Vanguard Properties Portugal


Ana Catarina Dias | Physical Resources and Security Director | CTT – Correios de Portugal


Moderated by: Tiago Bessa, Partner | VdA





Coffee break






Will earth observation bring us new perspectives and applications?



Ricardo Conde, President of the Portuguese Space Agency | Portugal Space


João Bentes, Institutional Affairs Manager | GEOSAT


Ricardo Cabral, Co-Founder & Managing Partner | Spotlite


Moderated by: Magda Cocco, Partner | VdA




Digital Spaces


Augmented or alternative reality?



José Simão, Head of Retail, Licensing and Merchandising | Sport Lisboa e Benfica


Ana Margarida Almeida, Head of Product Design, User Experience, Digital, Product Promotion, and Communication | Altice Labs


Vânia Neto, Training Program Manager, Future Skills Initiative Program Manager Western Europe | Microsoft

Moderated by: Fabrizio Esposito, Assistant Professor – NOVA School of Law 





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