Catarina Santos Botelho

Born in 1981. Catarina Santos Botelho is a Professor of Law and Chair of Constitutional Law at Porto Faculty of Law, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Portugal). Researcher at the Católica Research Centre for the Future of Law. Coordinator of Master’s programmes. Series Co-Editor of Constitutionalism in Latin America and the Caribbean (Hart Publishing). Council Coordination member of the Academic Network on the European Social Charter and Social Rights (ANESC). Coordinator of the Observatory for the Protection of Social Rights in the European Context. Co-coordinates the pioneer Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Course on Human Rights (Law, Psychology, and Socioeconomics). Member of the International Society of Public Law (ICON). Founding member of ICON.S Portugal

Her research interests include:


  1. Constitutional design and amendment;
  2. Constitutional theory and legal philosophy; 
  3. Comparative constitutional studies; 
  4. Solidarity and social rights; 
  5. Human dignity; 
  6. Intergenerational justice;
  7. Constitutional courts;
  8. Political parties and constitutions;
  9. Secession and constitutionalism;
  10. Academic freedom;
  11. Latin American constitutionalism.

She holds a LLB (2004), a LLM (2009), and a PhD (2015) degrees from Porto Faculty of Law, Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Recipient of Francisco Carvalho Guerra’s Prize (which awards the student with the highest-grade point average at the end of the law school degree). Clerk at the European Court of Justice (Luxembourg), with the Advocate General Miguel Poiares Maduro (2005). Visiting Researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg, 2012). 

Organized over 40 international conferences and authored numerous (over 70) national and international publications, including in top-tier law journals. Guest speaker at conferences, colloquia and lectures at, among other places, University of Texas at Austin – School of Law (USA), Humboldt-Berlin University (Germany), Karl Franzens Universität Graz (Austria), Universität Innsbruck (Austria), University of Antwerp (Belgium), University of Copenhagen (Denmark), University College Dublin (Ireland), Centre for European Constitutional Law (Greece), Università degli Studi Milano (Italy), Università degli Studi di Verona (Italy), Università di Roma LUMSA (Italy), Università degli Studi di Ferrara (Italy) Università di Reggio Calabria (Italy), IDP (Brazil), Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil), Fundação Getúlio Vargas-Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Pontifícia Universidade Católica-Rio Grande Sul (Brazil), Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (Brazil), Universidade Federal do Paraná (Brazil), Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (São Paulo, Brazil), Universidade Federal de Pelotas (Brazil), Universidad Externado de Colombia (Colombia), University of Galatasaray (Turkey), University of Altinbas (Turkey), Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain), Universidad de Salamanca (Spain), Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Universidade Católica de Angola (Angola), and SGT University (India).

Her teaching at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa includes or has included the following courses: Constitutional Law, Global Constitutional Law, Fundamental Rights, Multilevel Protection of Fundamental Social Rights, Constitutional Justice, and Introduction to Public Law. She is a member of the editorial board of of the peer-reviewed Brazilian journals Revista Jurídica Internacional do Instituto Brasil Portugal de Direito, Revista Eletrônica da ESA/RS – Escola de Saberes, and Revista Arquivo Jurídico – Revista Jurídica Eletrônica da Universidade Federal do Piauí. She was co-founder of the Católica Law Review and member of its editorial board until 2019.