Fundamental Rights


Participating Institution(s) to which the Research Group belongs

Faculdade de Direito da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FD/UNL)

Centro de Estudos sobre a Mudança Socioeconómica e o Território (Dinâmia/CET-IUL/ISCTE-IUL)

Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (UAL/CEU)



Jorge Cláudio de Bacelar Gouveia

Nuno José Cardoso da Silva Piçarra

Tiago José Pires Duarte

João Pedro Barrosa Caupers

Rita Sofia Martins Calçada Pires

Armando Manuel de Barros Serra Marques

Helena Maria Matias Pereira de Melo

Elisa Rangel Nunes

Diogo Freitas do Amaral


List of other researchers of the Research Group

Francisco Maria Gil Fernandes Pereira Coutinho

Jorge Armando de Pinheiro Simão

Maria Fernanda Gonçalves Fernandes

Marta Maria Ginestal Tavares de Almeida




Structure of the Research Group

The research group has a multidisciplinary structure, with specialists from several backgrounds, all suitable for studying the phenomenon of democratic participation in its many levels.

The group will have working relationships with institutions connected to public power, through protocols that will allow joint research projects: the Parliament, the Office of the Ombudsman’s, the Institute of Public Law.

Another aspect will be collaboration with doctoral students developing theses on themes related to the themes being researched by our research group.


Objectives of the Research Group

Never as today have questions on the functioning of Democracy been in the spotlight, with recurring accusations of wear and tear in the democratic model and an incessant search for alternatives to the traditional mechanisms of Politics and Democracy.

Hence the importance of revisiting the main normative instruments related to Democracy and, with an appropriate understanding, evaluating their performance and suggesting appropriate reform.

Thus, in this research group, it will be essential to analyze legislation related to the parliament, political parties, major political participation rights and the institutions for their safeguard, as well as pieces of legislation with an effect on the furthering of a global democracy for today’s globalized world.

We anticipate continuing the publication of two yearly editions of the Public Law Journal (with blind peer review), organizing an annual conference on Public Law (CONDIP), as well as two colloquiums on more specific themes. We will also work on the writing of interdisciplinary reports on the following subjects: the application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality in the approval of European legislation by the Portuguese parliament; the constitutionalization of Public International Law; the Office of the Ombudsman and civil rights; the funding of political parties; regional legislative autonomy; civil rights in a context of financial-economic crisis; the limitation of effects of the Constitutional Court’s decisions; the principle of protection of trust; commentary on the regulation of the Parliament; commentary on the law of parliamentary inquiry; observatory of Portuguese legislation. The group will also be supporting PhD and master’s programs and degrees in Law.