Foundations of Public Law

9 ECTS / Semester / Portuguese

This course aims to enable first year students to comprehend the creation of the contemporary Rule of Law, by analysing the historical evolution of political ideas, on the one hand, together with the study of its structuring legal concepts. Regarding the former, students study fundamental authors of political thought, from Classical Antiquity to the present – with a particular emphasis on the Enlightenment –, in search of the origin of such ideas as State, democracy, sovereignty, equality, separation of powers, fundamental rights, citizenship, social justice or sustainability. Simultaneously, in a second approach, students analyse the way in which these same ideas are encapsulated in the law, in the form of rules or principles, in the constitutional texts in force and, in particular, in the Portuguese Constitution of 1976.


Professor of Law
Professor of Law. From 2014 to 2022 he was Dean of Católica Lisbon School of Law, where he concluded his Law undergraduate studies (1993), his Masters (2002…
Teaching Assistant
Teaching Assistant at Católica | Lisbon School of Law, where she earned her Undergraduate Degree (2003) and Master’s Degree (2011). She has researched Civil…
Invited Lecturer
Guest Lecturer at Católica School of Law (Lisbon), where he has been working on his Ph.D. and lecturing in the field of Public Law. Legal Adviser to the…