Mai Constanca Urbano De Sousa
Constança Urbano de Sousa

Minister of Internal Administration

Constança Urbano de Sousa was born in Coimbra, in 1967.

Graduate in Law by Faculdade de Direito of Universidade de Coimbra (1991), she has a post-graduation in European Law by European Studies Institute of Sarre University (1994) and a PhD in Law by Sarreland University (1997), in Germany.

Since 1998, she is associate Professor of Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa and of Instituto Superior de Ciências Policiais e Segurança Interna. Since 2012, she is director of the Law department of Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa and coordinates its PhD in Law. Since 2000, she is Professor of European Law for Asylum and Immigration of Free University, in Brussels.

She was invited associate Professor of Faculdade de Direito of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (2004 a 2006), where she was responsible for Social Equity Law - Law of Foreigners.

Her main investigation areas are related to European Union Law, Asylum and Immigration Law, Police and Judicial Law, Internal Security and European Space for Liberty, Security and Justice.

Since September 2012, she is legal adviser of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Since 2014, she has enrolled at the Lawyer’s Bar Association.

She was expert of the European Commission,  of the Committee of Regions and of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development.

Until September 2015, she was advisor of André e Miranda lawyers society.

Between September 2006 and 2012, she coordinated Justice and Internal Affairs group of Portugal’s Permanent Representation to the European Union. She also headed the national delegation to the Strategic Committee on Immigration, Frontiers and Asylum of the European Union, which she chaired in 2007.

She was advisor of the Minister of State and Internal Administration in 2005-2006 and of the Minister of Internal Affairs in 2000-2002. During this last period, she represented the Minister of Internal Administration in the working group that drafted the Code of Ethics of the Police Service, in 2000.

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