Fundamental Rights


I. Theoretical and case studies in Legal and Political Sciences in order to carry out specialized knowledge in the field of Fundamental Rights. Encouraging individual (or, exceptionally, small groups) "creativity", and, as far as possible, independent and autonomous research.


II. Class participation as an integral component of the course includes: (1) attendance at classes; (2) punctuality; (3) preparation; (4) professionalism.


III. Students are expected to attend regular classes, be punctual in order to be able to discuss the indicated or suggested study materials.

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I. National

QUEIROZ, Cristina, Direitos Fundamentais. Teoria Geral, 2ª ed., Coimbra: Wolters Kluwer, 2010.

QUEIROZ, Cristina, O Tribunal Constitucional e os Direitos Sociais, Coimbra: Coimbra Editora, 2014.

QUEIROZ, Cristina, Direitos Fundamentais Sociais. Função, âmbito, conteúdo, questões interpretativas e problemas de justicibialidade, Coimbra: Coimbra Editora, 2006.


CANOTILHO, J. J. Gomes, Estudos sobre Direitos Fundamentais, 2ª ed., Coimbra: Coimbra Editora, 2008.

CANOTILHO, J. J. Gomes, Direito Constitucional e Teoria da Constituição, 7ª ed., Coimbra, 2003, reed.

CANOTILHO, J. J. Gomes, e MOREIRA, VITAL, Constituição da República Portuguesa. Anotada, I, 4ª ed., Coimbra: Coimbra Editora, 2007.

MIRANDA, Jorge, Manual de Direito Constitucional, IV, 6ª ed., Coimbra, 2015.

NOVAIS, Jorge Reis, Direitos Sociais. Teoria Jurídica dos Direitos Sociais enquanto Direitos Fundamentais, Lisboa: AAFDL, 2017.


II. International

ALEXY, Robert, Theorie der Grundrechte, Frankfurt am Main, 1986 (also avaible portuguese translation, Virgílio Afonso da Silva, "Teoria dos Direitos Fundamentais", São Paulo: Malheiros Editores, 2006; and engish translation, J. Rivers, "A Theory of Constitutional Rights", Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002).

BARAK, Aharon, Human Dignity. The Constitutional Value and the Constitutional Right, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

DWORKIN, Ronald, Law's Empire, Londres: The Fontana Press, 1986, reimp., 1991.

DWORKIN, Ronald, Taking Rights Seriously, 4ª ed., London, 1984.

ISENSEE, Joseph, e KIRCHHOF, Paul (eds.), "Handbuch des Staatsrechts der Bundesrepublik Deutschland", V, 2ª ed., Heidelberg, 2000.

MÖLLER, Kai, The Global Model of Constitutional Rights, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

NOLAN, Aoife (ed.), Economic and Social Rights after the Global Financial Crises, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

SUNSTEIN, Cass R., e HOLMES, Stephen, The Cost of Rights. Why Liberty Depends on Taxes, Nova Iorque, 2000.


H) Legislation

Portuguese Constitution


I) Jurisprudence

I. Constitutional Court

II. European Court of Human Rights


J) Internet sites


Teaching method


Case Studies

Evaluation method

According to the Faculty rules and standing orders, students should accomplish a final written evaluation test.

Subject matter

I. As results from its programmatic contend the course is essential for the acquisition of specific competencies in the field of Legal and Political Sciences.


II. The impact and benefits of the program are aimed at students and candidates wishing to specialize in these areas of legal knowledge, but also for those who anticipate a career, mainly anchored within the legal system of which they are nationals: diplomats, lawyers, magistrates, consultants and legal advisers.


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