Researcher, Lisbon Centre for Research in Public Law (CIDP)
Jorge Miranda is one of the most distinguished Portuguese constitutionalists. He is Professor Jubilado of the Instituto de Ciências Jurídico-Políticas of the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, of which he is also the President. He is also Distinguished Professor andd Chairholder at the Faculty of Law of the Portuguese Catholic University (UCP). His research activity lies mostly in the fields of Constitutional Law, Political Science and International Law, but he has worked and done research in democratic theory, fundamental rights, electoral law and on the relation between the constitution, international law and the structure of constitutional norms. Currently, he is the head researcher at the Centro de Investigação em Direito Público (CIDP) of the project Informal Changes in Constitutional Law, which focuses on the problem of informal changes to the Constitution in Portuguese Constitutional Law as well as in southern European and south-American constitutional systems. He has participated in the drafting of the Portuguese Constitution, of the Constitution of East-Timor and that of São Tomé and Príncipe. He is a Honorary Professor of the University of Ceará in Brazil and he received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by several institutions such as the University of Porto, the University of Lovaina, the University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos and Pau University. He has also been awarded other distinctions of public repute such as the Grã-Cruz da Ordem do Infante D. Henrique, the Grã-Cruz da Ordem da Liberdade and the Comenda da Ordem de Santiago de Espada. Among various works he is praised for his Manual de Direito Constitucional (in seven volumes), and widely known for his Teoria do Estado e da Constituição and his Curso de Direito Internacional Público, all of them essential readings in any law degree in Portugal or in Portuguese. He has also published numerous articles of reference in Spain, Brazil, Italy and France.