Catarina Santos Botelho

Catarina Santos Botelho is a Professor of Law and Chair of Constitutional Law at Porto Faculty of Law, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Portugal). Member of the Católica Research Centre for the Future of Law. International Mobility Coordinator. 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. National correspondent of the European Law Institute Project on Freedom of Expression as a Common Constitutional Tradition in Europe. Member of the Scientific Board of the Católica Global School of Law and of the Faculty of Law, Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

Her research interests include:

  1. Constitutional design;
  2. Constitutional theory and legal philosophy; 
  3. Comparative constitutional studies; 
  4. Latin American constitutionalism; 
  5. Social rights; 
  6. Intergenerational justice;
  7. Human dignity;
  8. Constitutional justice.

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. Guest speaker at conferences, colloquia and lectures at, among other places, University of Texas at Austin – School of Law (USA), Humboldt-Berlin University (Germany), University of Copenhagen (Denmark), University College Dublin (Ireland), Università degli Studi Milano (Italy), Università degli Studi di Verona (Italy), Università di Roma LUMSA (Italy), Università di Reggio Calabria (Italy), 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, University of Galatasaray (Turkey), University of Altinbas (Turkey), Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain), Universidad de Salamanca (Spain), Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Spain), 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.