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Ph.D. in Comparative, European and International Laws, European University Institute (June 2014).

Master of Laws in Comparative, European and International Laws, European University Institute (October 2011).

BA in Law (cum Laude), Faculty of Law, Catholic University of Portugal. (Degree obtained with highest mark in graduating class) (July 2005).

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Lécia Vicente

Assistant Professor of Law


Vicente teaches in the areas of business law and civil law. Before joining LSU Law, she was an affiliate with Fordham Corporate Law Center at the Fordham University School of Law, a postdoctoral research associate and lecturer in Business Law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Vicente earned her Ph.D. and Master of Laws in Comparative, European and International Laws from the European University Institute, and her BA in Law from the Catholic University of Portugal. She carried on her postdoctoral training as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Prior to that, Vicente was a practicing lawyer at international law firms. She worked on corporate, contract, real estate, and civil procedure laws of Portugal and other Lusophone countries such as Angola, Mozambique, and Brazil. She held visiting research positions at the Commercial Law Department of the Faculty of Law of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, the University of Illinois College of Law, the Fordham University Law School, the Institute of International Economic Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki, and the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon.

Additionally, in 2019, she was a Delegate to the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in her capacity as Advisor to the Secretary of State for External Relations of Angola. In 2016, she was an Advisor and Head of Delegation of the African Union at the United Nations’ High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. She was also an Advisor of the African Union at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 development agenda.

Her work is mostly interdisciplinary. Her main areas of interest are business law, civil law, corporate and comparative corporate law, comparative regional development law, contract law, law and economics, contract governance, history of corporations, and legal theory.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Marco Rizzi and Lécia Vicente, Defectiveness and causation in vaccine liability cases: The jurisprudence of the Supreme Court of the United States and the Court of Justice of the European Union, in Transformation of Economic Law (Lucila de Almeida et al. eds.) Hart Publishing (2019).

Martin Gelter and Lécia Vicente, Abuse of Companies through Choice of Incorporation?, in Abuse of Companies (Hanne Birkmose, Mette Neville & Karsten Engsig Sørensen, eds.) Wolters Kluwer (2019).

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Lécia Vicente, The Hohfeldian Concept of Share in Limited Liability Companies: A View from the Common and Civil Law Traditions, TUL. EUR. & CIV. L.F (2018).

Law Journal Publications

Lécia Vicente, Balancing Principles in Judicial Adjudication: The Gaps of Rationality in the Conviction of Illegal Immigrants, 43 Fordham Int'l L.J. (forthcoming 2020).

Lécia Vicente, The Tale of the Silver Fox: The Co-Evolution of Property Rights and Contractual Arrangements in Limited Liability Companies, 26 S. Cal. Interdisc. L.J. 189 (2016).