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Catarina Sarmento e Castro

Minister of Justice

Period in office: 2022-03-30 until 2024-04-02
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Catarina Sarmento e Castro was born in Coimbra in 1970.

She has a PhD, master’s and undergraduate degree in Law from Coimbra University School of Law.

She has lectured at the Coimbra School of Law since 1994 and is currently Assistant Professor. Over the years she has taught in undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degrees, master’s degrees and PhDs at her university and others, in the fields of Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Law Enforcement Administrative Law, New Technologies Law, including electronic administration and personal data protection.

She was Secretary of State for Human Resources and Former Combatants in Prime Minister António Costa’s 2nd Government.

She was member of the Public Prosecution Office’s Advisory Board. She was judge of the Constitutional court. She was a member of the Administrative and Tax Courts Higher Council and a board member of the Portuguese Data Protection Authority.

She has works published – books, chapters in books and articles in reviews in the various fields of the Law, namely Electronic Law, Data Protection and Privacy Law, Constitutional and Fundamental Rights Law, General Administrative Law, Law Enforcement Administrative Law, Administrative and Tax Justice, School Law, and local municipalities Law.

She has been a guest speaker at conferences and seminars in Portugal and abroad, on those same fields.