Born on 11 August 1939, Luís Moita holds a PhD in Ethics awarded by Pontificia Università Lateranense (Italy) in 1967, having obtained the grade “summa cum laude” (10/10). The PhD was recognized by the Portuguese Catholic University.
Currently, he is full professor of “Theory of International Relations”, Head of the International Relations Department and member of the Scientific Council at Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa. Between 1992 and 2009, he was the university’s Vice-Rector.
Luís Moita heads the research unit OBSERVARE (Observatório de Relações Exteriores), which publishes several books, as well as the magazine JANUS (published every year since 1997) and the journal JANUS.NET, e-journal of International Relations (published twice a year since the autumn of 2010).
For 15 years, since 1974 and 1989, he was head of CIDAC, a Portuguese NGO dedicated to cooperation for development.
Between 1989 and 1997, he lectured the course on Social Service Philosophy and Deontology at Instituto Superior de Serviço Social de Lisboa. He lectured the course on Globalization and International Relations in Africa in the Mater and in the PhD in African Studies at ISCTE-IUL. He was Invited Associate Professor at the Economics Faculty, Coimbra University (until October 1998). Since 1998, he is a regular speaker at the Program on National Defense at Instituto de Defesa Nacional. From 2004 to 2007, he lectured at the Air Force – Instituto de Altos Estudos da Força Aérea – and from 2006 to 2011, in the Armed Forces – Estado-maior Conjunto do Instituto de Estudos Superiores Militares.
Currently, he coordinates the Master Programs in Peace and War Studies and in International Relations and the PhD in International Relations: Geopolitics and Geoeconomics, at Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa. At Instituto Universitário Militar (Military University Institute), he coordinates the Post-Graduation in Social and Organizational Dynamics, which is part of the program for rank promotion in the Portuguese Air Force.
On 10 June 1998, he was awarded the Grande Cruz da Ordem da Liberdade by the President of the Portuguese Republic and on 7 January 2005, he was awarded Grand Officer della Ordine della Stella della Solidarietá by the President of the Italian Republic.