Nuno's research focusses on:

- Human Rights
- Discrimination Law
- European Law
- Children's Rights
- Asylum and Refugee Law

Nuno welcomes enquiries from prospective post-graduate research students wishing to write on topics related to the research fields above. He is currently supervising Anne Wesemann (writing on EU citizenship), Ali Kassem (writing on veiling practices in Lebanon), and Vitor Andrade (writing on SOGI asylum).

Nuno uses socio-legal, comparative, empirical and policy-oriented perspectives in his work. Nuno has published widely with top publishers and journals, and participated in several high-profile externally funded research projects.

Nuno's on-going research includes:

- children's welfare and development in the context of professional football (funded by ECRU and SLS - see project's website, Facebook and Twitter):
- the effect of fundamental rights on relationships between private parties;
- the interaction between freedom of religion/thought/belief, private law, and dress codes;
- gender- and sexuality-based asylum claims (funded by a Horizon 2020 ERC Starting Grant, see Facebook and Twitter).

For a recent book, see the co-edited book ‘The Human Face of the European Union: Are EU Law and Policy Humane Enough?’, an innovative and ambitious collection of essays published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. For a recent journal article, see Working children in Europe: a socio-legal approach to the regulation of child work, which offers a socio-legal analysis of child work regulation and advances a justification for retaining a restrictive approach in relation to child work in the European context.


Research grants and main collaborations

(2019-2021) ‘TRAFIG - Transnational Figurations of Displacement: Connectivity and Mobility as Solutions to Protracted Refugee Situations’, Horizon 2020 consortium with BICC/Bonn as lead (overall budget: EUR 3,098,426.25; Sussex budget: EUR 236,748.75; individual budget: EUR 65,125)

(2016-2020) ‘Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Claims of Asylum: A European human rights challenge (SOGICA)’, financed by a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (€1,000,565). See Facebook and Twitter.

(2015-2016) ‘Creating a new University of Liverpool refugee studies interdisciplinary centre’, two-day event funded by the Interdisciplinary Network Funding of the University of Liverpool (£1,120).

(2014-2017) Contributor to project ‘Children's Rights Judgments’. Results published in 2017.

(2014-) ‘Children in the world of football: A European rights-based approach to high-performance child footballers’, funded by the European Children’s Rights Unit of the University of Liverpool (ECRU) (£1,000) and the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) (£1,500). See project's website, Facebook and Twitter.

(2012-) Contributor to Common Core of European Private Law/Trento Project on Immoral Contracts in Europe. Results to be published by CUP in 2019. Project funded by European Commission.

(2012) ‘The human face of the European Union: Humane enough?’, workshop co-funded by the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (£1,000) and UACES - University Association for Contemporary European Studies (£655).

(2010-2012) ‘The Reconceptualization of European Union Citizenship’, Multilateral Research Group including the University of Manchester, the Centre for Migration Law (Faculty of Law, Radboud University Nijmegen), and the Comillas Pontifical University (Madrid). Financed by the Jean Monnet / Lifelong Learning Programme (€80,000 / individual funding: €5,000).

(2010-2011) Portuguese rapporteur for the project ‘Fleeing Homophobia, Seeking Safety in Europe: Best Practices on the (Legal) Position of LGBT Asylum Seekers in the EU Member States’, financed by the European Refugee Fund and coordinated by the VU University Amsterdam and the NGO COC Netherlands (€479,824 / individual funding: €5,500).

(2006) Grant from the German Research Foundation to present papers at two international conferences in Canada (€1,250).

(2005-2006) Contributor to Common Core of European Private Law/Trento Project on Personality Rights and Tort Law in Europe. Results published by CUP in 2010. Project funded by European Commission.

(2003–2006) Doctoral fellowship funded by the European Commission to work within the Research Training Network ‘Fundamental Rights and Private Law in the European Union’, co-ordinated by the Centre of European Law and Politics at the University of Bremen (ZERP) and the Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento ‘S. Anna’, Pisa (SSSUP) (€56,790).