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.

Faculty

Professor of Law
Dean of Católica Lisbon School of Law, where he concluded his Law undergraduate studies (1993), his Masters (2002) and his Ph.D. (2014). Develops research…
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…
Assistente convidado da Escola de Lisboa da Faculdade de Direito da Universidade Católica Portuguesa, instituição onde se licenciou (2010) e obteve o grau de…
Legal Adviser at the Constitutional Court of Portugal and Guest Lecturer at Católica | Lisbon School of Law. Bachelor of Laws (2010) and Master of Laws in…