The Portuguese chapter of the International Society of Public Law aims at representing a forum for inter- and cross-disciplinary debate concerning public law developments, and a bridge connecting Portuguese, Portuguese-speaking, European, and other international scholars in the field.

The challenges currently faced by public law scholars in the context of a changing multilateral international legal order, the debate on the future of the European Union, and the development of public law in Portugal and the Portuguese speaking countries require a growing dialogue and scholarly debate. The values of democracy, rule of law, and human rights should be cherished and promoted in this context. The approach is based on a cooperative dialogue between Constitutional, Administrative, European and International Law fields and also Legal Theory – and also between junior and senior scholars from different backgrounds and diverse points of view. It also promotes approaches capable of contextualizing legal phenomena, thus integrating legal analysis with insights and methodologies from the social sciences.

In so doing, the Portuguese chapter aims at offering a space for legal scholarship to deepen its involvement in the public law debates taking place on a global scale and encourages dialogue with scholars from different legal traditions. It, therefore, welcomes young scholars and practitioners from Law and other social sciences to take part in what we hope will be a vibrant exchange.

Chapter Members

Founding members of the Portuguese chapter include

  • Mariana Canotilho (University of Minho)
  • Rui Tavares Lanceiro (University of Lisbon)
  • Afonso Patrão (University of Coimbra)
  • Anabela Leão (University of Porto)
  • Ana Rita Gil (New University of Lisbon)
  • Andreia Sofia Oliveira (University of Minho)
  • António Manuel Abrantes (Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon)
  • Benedita Mac Crorie (University of Minho)
  • Catarina Santos Botelho (Portuguese Catholic University, Oporto)
  • Francisco Pereira Coutinho (New University of Lisbon)
  • Jorge Silva Sampaio (University of Lisbon)
  • Luísa Neto (University of Porto)
  • Luís Meneses do Vale (University of Coimbra)
  • Pedro Moniz Lopes (University of Lisbon)
  • Rui Pereira Dias (University of Coimbra)
  • Teresa Violante (Goethe U. Frankfurt / New University of Lisbon)


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