Administrative Procedure Law


Understand the laws of administrative procedure and their relationship with effective judicial protection.

Understand all matters related to procedural assumptions in the light of the overall understanding of the administrative process.

Understand the functioning of the administrative jurisdiction and the main means of alternative dispute resolution under Administrative Law (arbitration in particular).

Acquisition of the capacity to solve hypothesis related to the available means of action (main or interim) for the guarantee of rights and interests legally protected and for the protection of legality.


General characterization





Responsible teacher

Filipe Brito Bastos


Weekly - 4.5

Total - 54

Teaching language



Administrative Law.



- José Carlos Vieira de Andrade, A Justiça Administrativa: Lições, 19.ª ed., Almedina, 2021


Bibliografia recomendada:

- Mário Aroso de Almeida, Manual de Processo Administrativo, 5.ª ed., Almedina, 2021

- Mário Aroso de Almeida/Carlos Cadilha, Comentário ao Código de Processo nos Tribunais Administrativo, 5.ª ed., Almedina, 2021

- Carla Amado Gomes/Ana Neves/Tiago Serrão (coord.), Comentários à Legislação Processual Administrativa, 5.ª ed., vols. I e II, AAFDL, 2020

- Vasco Pereira da Silva, O Contencioso Administrativo no Divã da Psicanálise, 2.ª ed., Almedina, 2009


Teaching method

Teaching will alternate between lectures, discussions in class on administrative justice problems, discussion of case law and solving practical hypotheses

Evaluation method

-  test + case note (maximum 3000 words, with a bonus of one mark if the judgment is handed down after 2021) to a judgment on a topic relevant to administrative procedure, of the student's choice (the higher mark will prevail)

or, in the alternative,


- final written exam

Subject matter


1.1. general introduction to the scope of the subject

1.2. the aims of administrative justice

1.3. historical bases: from the system of the administrator-judge to the jurisdictionalization of administrative justice

1.4. constitutional bases: the CRP of 1976 and the constitutionalization of administrative justice ¿ separation of powers, duality of jurisdictions and fundamental rights of individuals

1.5. bases of European law: the practical relevance of the Europeanization of administrative justice

1.6. conceptual bases: essential elements of the administrative process



2.1. the constitutional scope of administrative jurisdiction and the legislature's margin of discretion

2.2. the scope of administrative jurisdiction: legal delimitation



3.1. the fundamental right to effective judicial protection and the administrative justice

3.2. the forms of main proceedings

3.3. the accumulation of claims

3.4. the value of the cause



4.1. presuppositions related to the court

4.2. requirements relating to the parties

4.3. requirements relating to the procedure

4.4. The regime of the absence of procedural assumptions



5.1. general principles of administrative procedure

5.2. the pleadings stage

5.3. reorganization phase, inquiry and allegations

5.4. trial stage

5.5. priority proceedings



6.1. actions relating to administrative acts

6.1.1. action for challenging administrative acts

6.1.2. action for an order to practice an administrative act

6.1.3. action for an injunction not to perform an administrative act (injunction)

6.2. actions related to regulatory rules

6.2.1. action to challenge regulatory rules: declaration of illegality with general binding force, declaration of illegality with effects limited to the specific case

6.2.2. incidental disapplication of regulatory standards

6.2.3. action for an injunction to issue regulatory standards

6.2.4. actions for an order not to issue regulatory standards?

6.3. actions concerning the validity and performance of contracts

6.4. actions on civil liability

6.5. actions for recognition of subjective legal situations

6.6. actions for the imposition or prohibition of behaviour (mandamus actions) against public bodies and private individuals

6.7. actions for an order to restore the previous situation

6.8. action for payment in instalments

6.9. actions for restitution

6.10. interadministrative actions



7.1. urgent administrative proceedings

7.1.1. electoral litigation

7.1.2. mass procedure litigation

7.1.3. pre-contractual litigation

7.2. subpoenas

7.2.1. summons to supply information, consult files or issue certificates

7.2.2. subpoenas for the protection of rights, freedoms and guarantees



8.1. claim

8.2 cause of action

8.3 conditions

8.4. procedure

8.5. effects



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